Rookie OL Kelechi Osemele expects to start

Rookie OL Kelechi Osemele expects to start

Kelechi Osemele believes he will earn a start when Baltimore kicks off its season against Cincinnati on Monday night.

Rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele said he expects to start on Monday night when the Ravens begin their season against Cincinnati.

"I think so, looks like it," Osemele said when asked if he would start. 

Osemele also said he expects to play more at tackle against Cincinnati, which would likely place him as the starting right tackle. Osemele started the first two preseason games at right tackle, with Michael Oher lined up at left tackle. 

If Osemele does in fact start, that relegates Bryant McKinnie, who started each game of the 2011 season at left tackle, to second string status. Earlier this week, the Ravens restructured McKinnie's pay to give him a $2.2 million base with a $1 million incentive. 

When training camp opened, coach John Harbaugh said he would start the five best offensive linemen. It would appear Osemele has earned this distinction. 

On Tuesday, Harbaugh stayed mum on the offensive line, saying there's a plan but that he wouldn't reveal it.  "I don't think we will be disclosing that at this time," Harbaugh said on Tuesday. "But there will be five guys starting and we do have a plan."

Considine cleared for Monday's game

Safety Sean Considine has been cleared for Monday's game against Cincinnati. 

Considine clarified he sustained one concussion in the second preseason game against Detroit and had lingering effects during the third contest against Jacksonville. He did not have two concussions, as previously reported. 

"I have a better idea of what the symptoms of a concussion are," Considine said. "They're not as easy to identify. Sometimes you almost feel you're just sick. That's what I thought I was in that third preseason game. Once I was running around in the game, I knew it wasn't just feeling bad or being sick. I knew I actually had a concussion. 

"Going forward, I think I learned a lesson as to what the effects of a concussion are and what they feel like," he said. "I'm not sure I've ever had one in my career."

'Thousands' show for Art Modell's viewing

Coach John Harbaugh said he heard that "thousands" of people attended the viewing of former Ravens owner Art Modell, who died at the age of 87 on Thursday. The viewing took place at M&T Bank Stadium.

"It's something I think all of us in Baltimore should be proud of, and I would also say everybody in Cleveland should be proud of as well," Harbaugh said. "Speaking as a former Browns fan, I'll probably hear something about this and that's OK, but for Art Modell it's quite all right." 

Modell's funeral will take place on Tuesday.

Two tributes planned for Monday

The Ravens will offer a tribute to Modell before Baltimore and Cincinnati kick off on Monday night. The entire NFL will offer a moment of silence for Modell's passing as well on Sunday. 

In addition, the Ravens plan to honor Baltimore native and 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps before the contest kicks off. Phelps has been a long time Ravens fan and recently attended a practice. 

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