Looks like we'll see more of Mason

It was just nine days ago that Derrick Mason made his return to Baltimore as a member of the Jets.

The former Ravens wide receiver had two catches for 37 yards, was booed both times he touched the ball and got involved in some intense pushing and shoving with a couple former teammates.

Now, Ravens fans and players will see Mason stepping on the field at M&T Bank Stadium in a visiting team's colors for the second straight game.

The Jets traded Mason to the Texans for a conditional seventh-round draft pick last night, and with Houston traveling to Baltimore this Sunday, Mason - the Ravens' all-time leader in receiving yards - will yet again face his former team.

The trade puts an end to Mason's tenure with the Jets after just five games. In that time, he had just 13 catches for 115 yards and no touchdowns.

Mason didn't have the smoothest of times in New York, and was benched last week for reportedly complaining about his role in the Jets' offense.

The Ravens' decision to release both Mason and popular veteran tight end Todd Heap before the season drew criticism from fans, but when you combine Mason's rocky stint with the Jets and Heap's slow start with the Cardinals (13 catches, 150 yards, no touchdowns), Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome doesn't look so silly, after all.

Meanwhile, according to thesidelineview.com, Ravens center Matt Birk has been fined $5,000 for not wearing a microphone for a recent game.

As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, each team will have one or two interior offensive linemen mic'd up during games. The league hopes the microphones on the linemen will help enhance the sound of the game.

It's unclear if Birk refused to wear the microphone or if there was some other issue. I'll try and seek out the veteran center during today's open locker room period and get clarification on the rationale for the fine.

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