Starting right guard Chris Chester was sent to the hospital Thursday night because of what head coach John Harbaugh called a "skin issue", and his status for Sunday's game against the Panthers is uncertain.
Chester, 27, has started all nine games for the Ravens at right guard this year. He did not take part in this afternoon's practice.
Harbaugh said that he thinks Chester should be able to play on Sunday, but he isn't sure.
"It's not, like, serious, but it's something that was causing him a lot of pain," Harbaugh said. "I don't know what the name of it is, but they're going to work on the infection and make sure it's OK. We think he'll be there for Sunday, but you never know with those things."
If Chester is unable to play on Sunday, the Ravens will turn to guard/tackle Tony Moll, who the team acquired in a trade with the Packers at the end of the preseason last year.
Moll got most of the reps at Chester's right guard spot in this afternoon's practice. The five-year veteran has spent most of his pro career at tackle, but started five games at right guard with the Packers in 2006.
"This is the position I was acclimated to. In the NFL my rookie year, I played mostly at right guard for Green Bay," Moll said. "Not really a big deal. I don't feel any more pressure or anything like that playing right guard. It's just one of those things that we do. That's why everyday at practice, you see people playing [multiple] positions."
The biggest issue for Moll if he's needed to play might be the need to build chemistry with the guys on either side of him - right tackle Marshal Yanda and center Matt Birk. Moll says that won't be much of an issue because of all the time the offensive linemen spent working together during OTAs and training camp.
Having been with the Ravens for a full season and a half, Moll said he feels completely comfortable with the Baltimore offense, despite the fact that he has seen limited game action since joining the Ravens.
"Oh yeah. I think everyone at this level is able to play the game," Moll said. "It's how much you dig into the playbook and you know your opponent that makes the difference."