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Ravens Divided At Pro Bowl


The Ravens' four Pro Bowlers are a house divided in Hawaii.

Guard Marshal Yanda and punter Sam Koch are on Team (Michael) Irvin. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and long snapper Morgan Cox are on Team (Jerry) Rice.

That means Dumervil could be pass rushing against Yanda, and two-thirds of The Wolfpack that are constantly hanging out with each other will be split apart.

As cruel fate would have it, Koch waited 10 years to finally go to a much-deserved Pro Bowl, his long snapper even came with him, but he won't snap to him.

Yanda and Koch were already assigned to teams before Wednesday's draft, as they're not at the made-for-TV glamour positions. Cox was going on whatever squad coached by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, since Reid hand-selected him as his "need" player.

The only Ravens player drafted at the event was Dumervil, who was Rice's 20th selection. He'll be paired on Team Rice with other outside linebackers Tamba Hali (Chiefs) and Julius Peppers (Packers).

When told that Dumervil was on the other team, Yanda winced.

"They need to keep track of Elvis Dumervil for cheating," he joked.

"Obviously, when he's on my team, I'm not going to say anything. But now that he's not on my team this year, they better make sure he's staying back and not rushing."

Last year, Dumervil took some heat from Head Coach John Harbaugh (he was coaching the other team) for blitzing when Pro Bowl rules prohibit going after the opposing quarterback. Dumervil got two sacks in his team's victory.

Yanda was on Dumervil's team last year, so he didn't mind it then.

"He was doing his job last year," Yanda said. "This year, he might be cheating. So they better keep an eye on him."

Dumervil said he probably won't have to face off much against Yanda considering he's more of an interior blocker.

Koch was very much hoping to get Cox on his team, but it didn't work out that way. The Wolfpack will be howling from opposite sidelines.

The split gives Ravens fans reasons to root for each team in Sunday's Pro Bowl game. For the players themselves, the competition against each other begins. The difference between the winners' and losers' bonus is about $30,000.

"It's always great to have Ravens on the same team," Koch said. "But it's just an honor to be here either way."

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