Ravens' Brooks gets another shot at Lang

OWINGS MILLS -- Thrust into the challenging left tackle spot because of All-Pro blocker Jonathan Ogden's knee injury two months ago, Ethan Brooks was scorched for three sacks in the Ravens' 20-3 season-opening loss to the Cleveland Browns. Now, Brooks is about to get his rematch with Browns defensive end Kenard Lang on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium as Ogden is listed as questionable and likely out for the second week in a row with a pulled hamstring.

Brooks prepared to play right tackle during the preseason in place of Orlando Brown because Brown's mother was seriously ill and then passed away the night before the Cleveland game. Brooks had to shift quickly to left tackle after Ogden's knee injury.

In the fourth quarter of that game with Lang bursting past him constantly, Brooks sprained his knee and was replaced by Damion Cook. All of Lang's sacks came rushing against Brooks, who improved markedly last week with chip-blocking assistance in the Ravens' 15-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I'm not making excuses for Ethan, Kenard did a good job," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "It was late in the game, they turned him loose.
"Ethan had played the right side for a long time for Zeus, so he spent his whole time there during training camp. You saw last week that he played much better and you can expect that this week."

Brooks, who declined an interview request Thursday, allowed no sacks last week. Lang has registered only one sack since their first encounter.

Lang has already said he expects different treatment on Sunday from Brooks and Co. "I know it's not going to be the same as the first game," Lang told Cleveland reporters. "He's getting paid just like us. You have to look at it like that. Not everybody is upper echelon, but they get paid and they have to feed their family. You're not going to win every play."

IRRITATED: One day after Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens brought up linebacker Ray Lewis' murder trial, Billick was still infuriated about the reference.

"It's regrettable that you don't think things through," Billick said of Owens' remarks.

Prosecutors dropped murder charges against Lewis in 2000 in Atlanta. The All-Pro linebacker pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge. Since the trial, Lewis has had no brushes with the law and has received multiple national endorsements.

"There was no plea bargain four years ago," Billick said. "That's been made abundantly clear."

HEAD'S UP: After Billick complained publicly about running back Jamal Lewis not being able to work out at the team training complex during his two-game suspension, the NFL alerted general manager Ozzie Newsome that Lewis was, in fact, allowed to be there under a change in league policy.
After a week of training on his own, Lewis returned to the team facility last week.

The NFL said it changed the policy earlier this year because of experts' recommendations about suspended players thriving in a structured environment. The change was instituted during league meetings in March, and was included in the written substance-abuse policy distributed this summer, but obviously didn't get garner the attention of most executives and coaches.

The rule only applies to players suspended for less than a year, and they still may not attend practices or meetings.

In Lewis' case, his drug-related suspension will cost him nearly $761,000 in salary as he was fined a total of four game checks, including the Cleveland game and next week against the New York Jets.

TRAINING ROOM: Nose guard Maake Kemoeatu (ankle) was added to the injury report with a probable listing.

Tight end Todd Heap (ankle) remains questionable on the injury report, and has an outside chance of playing depending on how he feels before kickoff. Heap, Ogden and Ray Lewis (knee, probable) all missed a portion of team drills.

ROTATION: One week after being active but not participating against Philadelphia, center Mike Flynn is likely to rotate Sunday with right offensive guard Bennie Anderson. Casey Rabach will start for the eighth week in a row at center.

"Mike is ready to go," Billick said. "Mike didn't get into the rotation last week, but will this week. We'll see a lot more of Mike Flynn."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and ravensinsider.com

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