Ravens shorthanded against Saints

NEW ORLEANS – In a recurring theme this month, the Baltimore Ravens were shorthanded again.

Running back Jamal Lewis (foot) missed Friday night's game against the New Orleans Saints with a bone spur and was replaced by Chester Taylor for the third consecutive game.

Fullback Alan Ricard (calf) was held out, and Ovie Mughelli started.Offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo (personal reasons) missed his second game in a row and Brian Rimph started at left guard.

Dale Carter started at cornerback with Samari Rolle out with a mild knee strain.

Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas returned to the lineup weeks after hyperextending his knee.

The Ravens also held out nickel back Deion Sanders because of a tight hamstring along with linebacker Tyson Smith (ankle), tight end Todd Heap (shoulder) and recently-signed linebacker Peter Boulware.

Rookie linebacker Dan Cody (knee) is likely out for the season, and running back Musa Smith (leg) is on the physically unable to perform list.

PLATOON: The Ravens rotated Tony Pashos in behind Orlando Brown at right tackle, a shared assignment likely to continue in the regular season. Pashos has lost 50 pounds since last season and is down to 310 pounds.

"I was closer to 400 pounds than 300, and I knew I had to do something," Pashos said. "I watched the movie, "Supersize Me," and I haven't been to McDonald's ever since."

In addition to cutting out fast food, the former fifth-round pick from Illinois hired a nutritionist and worked out several times a day.

"I changed a lot of my bad habits," Pashos said. "I feel like I'm a lot quicker and in better shape now."

FAMILY PRIDE: On the same day Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed had his No. 20 jersey retired by Destrehan High (La.), his younger brother stole the show.

A junior at Destrehan, Edwin Reed returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown Thursday night for a 21-7 victory in the third annual Edward Reed River Parishes Jamboree. Earlier in the day, a large contingent of Ravens officials and players attended a ceremony for Reed.

FAMILIAR FACE: Former Ravens linebacker T.J. Slaughter was listed second on the Saints' depth chart at weakside linebacker

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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