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DEION DEBUT: Nickel back Deion Sanders made a quiet debut after ending his three-year retirement. <br><br> He played a lot of snaps, but wasn't challenged by Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia. He also returned a punt five yards. <br><br> "I felt wonderful" said Sanders, who wore a sharp suit with a matching hat, vest, tie and pocket square.


"I am just trying to get back in the groove, trying to make something happen."

Sanders emerged unscathed, but made no discernable impact.

"I didn't expect to break down," the seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback said.

SACKED: Lang generated three sacks and forced a fumble, mostly rushing upfield against Brooks to take advantage of Ogden's absence.

"Obviously he is a big asset, but I think Ethan Brooks stepped in and did a great job," Boller said. "I have all the confidence in the world in him."

SPECIAL-TEAMS ISSUES: The Ravens' average field position began at their own 20, with the Browns starting at their own 36.

Punter Dave Zastudil averaged 38.7 yards on seven punts. Kickoff specialist Wade Richey kicked one out of bounds, too.

Return specialist B.J. Sams returned five punts for no yards and four kickoffs for 78 yards. The Ravens were penalty-prone, too.

TRAINING ROOM: Cornerback Gary Baxter injured his hand, splitting the webbing and requiring several stitches. Brooks will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam for his knee, as will receiver Travis Taylor for his groin. Nose guard Kelly Gregg will have his injured knee reexamined.

LOSING RETURN: Wide receiver Kevin Johnson, the former Browns' starter released last year, caught five passes for 43 yards.

"They won, hats off to them," said Johnson, who extended his streak to 80 games with at least one catch. "It hurts everyone on this team to lose to them, not just me."

SUPER BOWL-BOUND?: All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis said this loss won't change the Ravens' ultimate goal: the Super Bowl.

"We know where we're trying to go without putting all our season in one game," said Lewis, who led Baltimore with 14 tackles and a sack. "Our path hasn't changed."

The Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers next week at M&T Bank Stadium.
"We have to see how we bounce back from this," tight end Todd Heap said. "We'll see what we're made of."

BEATEN DEEP: Safety Will Demps allowed Andre Davis to slip behind him for a 51-yard reception that set up a field goal in the second half.

He had no immediate explanation for what happened.

"I'll have to look at the film," Demps said.

INACTIVES: The Ravens deactivated safety Corey Fuller, safety Gerome Sapp, fullback Ovie Mughelli, linebacker Roderick Green, Flynn, Ogden (knee), receiver Clarence Moore and defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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