Ravens Gameday Notebook

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain won't be punished by the NFL after allegedly spitting on Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, according to a league spokesman.

McClain appeared to rear back his head to spit on Crowder during Sunday's 26-10 win at M&T Bank Stadium. However, McClain denied sptting on him and said if any spit got on Crowder during their argument it was unintentional.

"There will be no fines issued in the Channing Crowder-Le'Ron McClain matter from Sunday's game," the league said in an e-mail to the Times. "Director of football operations Merton Hanks has reviewed both the video and reports from the on-field officials, including referee John Parry who was in the immediate vicinity of the two players. After his review of the relevant and available information, Hanks determined there is no conclusive video evidence to support discipline in this matter."

McClain reacted immediately to the news on his Twitter account: "Amen." The 5-foot-11, 260-pound lead blocker reiterated his denial earlier this week. "Spit came out of my mouth when I said something to the dude and that was it," McClain said. "It wasn't on purpose. I'm not that kind of player. That was it. It was a football game. I did not spit on the guy. That's just me talking. You can't see spit coming out of my mouth or anything."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said he stands behind McClain and believes his version of events. "Obviously, we've heard a lot of things from Channing over the years," Harbaugh said. "We've talked to Le'Ron. We've seen the videotape of it. It didn't happen.

"He's a captain at Alabama. He's a Pro Bowler. He's been nothing but a model guy here for us. I don't believe for one second that it happened. He might have thought it happened, but it wasn't the way it was described. So, we're past that."

WHITE QUESTIONABLE: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is questionable with a knee injury for tonight's game against the Ravens at the Georgia Dome.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said during a Tuesday conference call with Baltimore reporters that White will play, though. "All indications now is that Roddy should be ready to go," Smith said. Meanwhile, rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (knee) and center Todd McClure (knee) are also questionable. The following players are probable for Atlanta: wide receiver Brian Finneran (knee/ribs), linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee), running back Jason Snelling (knee), and cornerback Brian Williams (hamstring).

The Ravens ruled out safety Tom Zbikowsk due to a bruised heel. He's the only player listed on the Ravens' injury report.

NGATA HONORED: Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Ngata recorded four tackles and a sack against the Dolphins.

He ranks third on the defense with 44 tackles and first on the team with five sacks.

"I think the guy's playing fabulous right now, physical, outstanding movement, he's getting pressure on the passer, pass rush I think is improved tremendously and it's just a guy that to me in that area," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "You got to know where he is all the time and that's a little bit of a problem because at times he lines up in a couple of different spots. I think that he's playing outstanding as far as I'm concerned."

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