A concussion kept offensive tackle Tony Moll out of practice for nearly two weeks earlier in camp.
Ironically, it was a head injury to another offensive lineman, Oniel Cousins, that had Moll getting reps with the Ravens' first-team offense today.
Cousins had to get carted off the field because of headaches late in this morning's practice, and with the UTEP product out of commission, Moll got the call to line up at right tackle with the ones.
"It definitely felt good for me to be able to get in there, because day by day I still need to prove who I am, what I'm all about, and that I deserve to be with the ones," Moll said.
"Since I've been here, I haven't had much of a chance to get in there with the ones. This whole offseason, through summer camps, that's really [what I've] been pushing for. That's what it takes to be able to be in there with the ones and gain the confidence of the coaches and the staff."
While Moll didn't see much action from scrimmage last year with the Ravens (he was active for five games, but most of his reps came on special teams), he does have a good bit of starting experience in the NFL.
Moll started 10 games (five at right guard, five at right tackle) in his rookie season with the Packers, and then started eight total games over the course of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Despite missing time with his concussion earlier in camp, Moll said he feels like he's in good shape physically and mentally, and is ready to take on a bigger role with the Ravens if needed.
"I feel like I'm back right up there," Moll said. "I tried as hard as I could when I was out with my concussion to stay in there mentally. Every play, I was in there making center calls, doing everything I could to keep myself fresh, and it's really paid off. Physically, I don't think that's an issue. I feel like I'm still in very good shape."
With Jared Gaither and Cousins out for the time being, it looks like Moll will get his chance to prove himself.