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NFL Team Report - Baltimore Ravens - INSIDE SLANT

Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett is already familiar with the team's revamped offense installed by offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Forsett played for Kubiak in the same system when both were with the Houston Texans. So Forsett is part player, part tutor when it comes to advanced knowledge about the details of the zone-stretch running play that represents the heart of the Kubiak system.

"The guys ask me any questions about any wrinkles or anomalies," Forsett said. "I try to break it all down for them. I've been in this offense for a while now. I just want to stay sharp and not miss any opportunities."

Forsett has made some impressive cuts in the open field, eluding defenders since joining the Ravens this spring via a one-year, $730,000 contract. Forsett has also displayed sound hands out of the backfield and could figure into the Ravens' plans as a third-down back and a change of pace on first downs.

The 5-foot-8, 197-pounder could prove especially valuable early in the season when star running back Ray Rice will miss the first two games while serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy.

"Definitely, we all are going to be ready to pitch in," said Forsett, who has rushed for 1,692 career yards and eight touchdowns with 115 receptions for 850 yards and one score. "We have a lot of talent and we're excited to put it all together."

On defense, Ravens inside linebacker Arthur Brown is running second on the depth chart behind rookie first-round pick C.J Mosley.

Brown is expected to divide playing time with Mosley, a consensus All-American selection last year who won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.

"C.J.'s a great player who's come in here and taken on a role and is learning fast," Brown said. "He has the talent, so there's a good opportunity for him. The coaches have said that it's a competition and we all have to be ready. We're interchangeable. I'm sure there will be playing time for both of us."

After being drafted in the second round last year out of Kansas State, Brown spent the majority of his rookie season being utilized in pass coverage as a nickel linebacker. The former Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year recorded 15 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble in 14 games last season.

"Absolutely, Arthur is playing better now than at any point last year," linebackers coach Ted Monachino said. "As a cover linebacker, still can be dominant down-in and down-out, but as a run-game linebacker, he's playing very well. What you see out of him is the result of a lot of great preparation in the offseason."

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NFL Team Report - Baltimore Ravens - NOTES, QUOTES

--The Ravens' defense absorbed another hit this preseason.

Starting cornerback Lardarius Webb is expected to miss at least half the preseason with a lower back injury.

Webb has been sidelined since experiencing back spasms during the second day of practice. The Ravens are holding out some hope that Webb, who had offseason sports hernia surgery, could be back by the third preseason game.

"He's has some things going on in there that aren't long-term things," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I'm not going to give you the exact diagnosis of it, but it's probably as much as me as anything. This early part of camp, I just don't want to put him through this on his back. He's had sports hernia surgery also. There's still some scar tissue in there.

"I would just rather keep him out of this first part of training camp, and we'll just see how it feels more toward the end of camp. He probably won't play in the first two preseason games. Maybe he'll play in the third one, maybe not. It's not that important to him. I want to get him right."

Tests revealed no structural damage to Webb's back and confirmed that it's a muscular injury, according to The Baltimore Sun.

"I'm feeling better," Webb told the newspaper. "Just taking a little time off to get my body right. It's nothing major, man."

--Inside linebacker Arthur Brown is running second on the depth chart behind rookie first-round pick C.J Mosley.

Brown is expected to divide playing time with Mosley, a consensus All-American selection last year who won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.

"C.J.'s a great player who's come in here and taken on a role and is learning fast," Brown said. "He has the talent, so there's a good opportunity for him. The coaches have said that it's a competition and we all have to be ready. We're interchangeable. I'm sure there will be playing time for both of us."

After being drafted in the second round last year out of Kansas State, Brown spent the majority of his rookie season being utilized in pass coverage as a nickel linebacker. The former Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year recorded 15 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble in 14 games last season.

"Absolutely, Arthur is playing better now than at any point last year," linebackers coach Ted Monachino said. "As a cover linebacker, still can be dominant down-in and down-out, but as a run-game linebacker, he's playing very well. What you see out of him is the result of a lot of great preparation in the offseason."

--The primary focus for Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson is competing for the third cornerback spot. He's also an option in the return game where he's flashed skills in the preseason during his first two NFL seasons.

Although Jacoby Jones is entrenched as the Ravens' main return man, Jackson gives the special-teams another capable returner.

"I love it," Jackson said. "It's been a big part of my game since high school and college. I've looked to keep that aspect of my game active and hopefully be a contributor there, too. Hopefully this preseason I can try to take another one back. That's definitely a goal of mine. We'll see starting Thursday, but I 'm excited about it."

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Strong safety Matt Elam was in and out of practice Sunday. His reps with the first-team defense were shared with strong safety Jeromy Miles. Elam has had a quiet training camp with few big plays, so it could be the team is sending him a message by reducing his practice snaps.

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NFL Team Report - Baltimore Ravens - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--MLB Daryl Smith returned to practice Monday night during the Ravens' open practice at Navy Marine Corps-Memorial Stadium, one week after suffering a groin injury that sidelined him all of last week.

--NT Terrence Cody remains on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason hip surgery. If Cody is still on the list and not activated when the regular season starts, then he has to miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

--G Will Rackley suffed a concussion during the first day of training camp and hasn't practiced since. Under NFL concussion protocol, Rackley will have to pass a baseline neurological exam and have his symptoms subside before he can be medically cleared to practice.

--WR Michael Campanaro suffered bruised ribs and has been sidelined for the past few days of practice.

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