Ryan McBean Injury Opens Door For Brian Hall

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Ryan McBean #98 of the Denver Broncos reacts after he tackled Joe McKnight #25 of the New York Jets for a loss in the second quarter at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brian Hall spent more time at the Ravens team facility than any other player this off season. Even so he was a long shot to make the team due to the fact that He plays the same position as All Pro Haloti Ngata and newly signed tackle Ryan McBean.

Hall is currently listed third on the depth chart behind Ngata and McBean but with McBean's injury in the first preseason game of the year Hall now may find himself as the primary back up to Ngata.

standing 6'0" and weighing in at 291 lbs. Hall is not an imposing figure for a defensive lineman but his work ethic and team first attitude have brought him to the attention of the coaching staff here in Baltimore. Listed just behind Hall on the depth chart is rookie undrafted free agent from Kent state Ishmaa'ily Kitchen. Kitchen could prove to be Hall's biggest competition barring any late free agent signings made by the team.

McBean was scheduled to miss the first 3-4 games of the season due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Rumors are currently circulating that he may now miss the entire season but the Ravens have not made an official statement yet. The starting defensive line was one of the areas of concern after the first preseason game and with the loss of Terrell Suggs, Michael McAdoo and now McBean any warm body will be a welcome addition to preseason practices.

Here is what BR.com has to say about Hall:

Bryan Hall signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 7/28/11

A three-year starter, he was named a first-team All-Sun Belt honoree in 2010…Recorded 125 tackles (71 solo), 27.5 TFL and 17 sacks in his career at Arkansas State…Accrued 45 tackles (29 solo), including 10 TFL, 3 FF and 1 FF as a senior…Led his team in TFL by making 3 in one contest against Western Kentucky…Ranked second on the team in tackles (30), posting 11 TFL, 1 FF and 1 blocked kick in 2009…Set a career high against Iowa, registering 5 tackles and 2.5 TFL… Named a second-team All-Sun Belt selection in 2009…Posted a career-high 5 tackles in four different games (Texas A&M, Memphis, Alabama and North Texas)…Notched a TFL in eight games, giving him the second-most TFL among defensive linemen in the Sun Belt Conference in 2008…Also registered his first-career interception against North Texas…Finished the season with 39 tackles (21 solo), including 10 TFL, and 6 sacks…Saw action in 10 of 12 games in 2007 and posted 10 tackles (5 solo)…Redshirted in 2006…Majored in accounting at Arkansas State

Attended Tilghman (Paducah, KY) HS where he was a two-time All-Conference pick as well as an All-State honoree …Also participated in wrestling and track and field.

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