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Joe Thomas on the Ravens' 'D': 'They talk a lot'

Cleveland Browns

offensive tackle

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Joe Thomas

is preparing to shield his quarterback,

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Colt McCoy
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, from a

Ravens

defense that sacked

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San Francisco 49ers
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quarterback

Alex Smith

nine times in last week's win.

He is also preparing to protect his ears from the barrage of insults sure to come from the Baltimore defense.

,” Thomas told

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The Canton Repository

in Canton, Ohio. “Some of it is personal, but it’s funny.”

The chattiest, Thomas says, is

Ray Lewis

, who finished second behind

Chad Ochocinco

in a recent

Sports Illustrated

poll asking current players

. (Lewis has missed the past two games and did not practice Wednesday, putting his status for Sunday’s game in Cleveland in doubt.)

“Ray Lewis does so much talking out there that there’s not much room for anybody else,” Thomas said.

For what it’s worth, the Ravens praised the 4-7 Browns before Wednesday’s practice, particularly Thomas, whom Suggs

. “He is one of the best there is,” Suggs said.

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