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Ravens don't think Mason should get hopes up for Texans debut

Derrick Mason will face the Ravens for the second time in three weeks on Sunday, getting another chance to make a statement against the team that cut him loose over the summer.

Mason helped facilitate this second opportunity by talking his way off the Jets' roster this week. The outspoken veteran -- unhappy with a reduced role and critical of the Jets' gameplan -- was benched in the first half of New York's 30-21 loss to the Patriots on Sunday and traded to the Houston Texans two days later.

During the Jets' Week 4 loss to the Ravens, Mason had heated exchanges with some former teammates.

"I think Derrick Mason said, 'Who are the Ravens playing next? Trade me to that team,' " Ravens cornerback Chris Carr said, according to the Carroll County Times. "He was pretty upset. He was fighting with Paul Kruger. He was upset, fighting with Cary (Williams) out there. I think he wants to get some payback. I don't think he's going to get it against us, though."

Considering the reports that Mason had trouble learning the Jets' playbook, we can't imagine he'll be able to digest enough of Houston's gameplan to have a big role on Sunday. If he does, and manages to have an impact against Ray Lewis and company, we're sure he'll let everyone know about it.

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