Baltimore County police detectives suspect the same person or group robbed defensive end Anthony Weaver, safety Will Demps, tight end Terry Jones and running back Chester Taylor. "What do I think of anybody ripping off? I think it's a gutless thing to do," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "I think it's a pathetic human being that has to do it."
Weaver was robbed in July. Demps and media relations manager Chad Steele were victimized Aug. 26. Days after Demps moved into their neighborhood, Jones and Taylor's apartments were broken into Sept. 2 while they were at the Ravens' training complex. "All the evidence points toward someone specifically targeting Ravens' players, but we can't determine if it's one suspect or multiple suspects," said Shawn Zinson, a Baltimore County police officer and spokesman. "Whoever is doing this definitely has personal information about where they live and their schedule." Electronic equipment, jewelry, DVDs and memorabilia have been taken.
Jones, Demps and Taylor, who had an expensive watch stolen, described the worth of their stolen valuables in excess of $10,000. "You feel violated to a certain extent because someone has been in your house," Weaver said. "I'm sure it's just one individual or a certain group of people behind it and, hopefully, we can find out who it is." Besides a 20-person Baltimore County burglary unit, NFL security and the Ravens' security department are assisting the investigation. "It's an easy target because you know where everyone is," Billick said. "We have to count on neighbors that know there's some vulnerability there."
McCRARY RETURNS: Retired Pro Bowl defensive end Michael McCrary joined the Ravens' radio broadcast team starting Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He will also assist defensive line coach Rex Ryan a few days each week and discuss strategy with players before kickoff and at halftime. Forced to retire because of bad knees, McCrary said he'll be able to be critical unlike several players turned broadcasters. "Of course, that's my job and I will call it like I see it," McCrary said. "I'm excited."
COACHING CONVENTION: Former NFL head coaches Buddy Ryan and Dick Nolan visited their sons, defensive line coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, at Friday's practice. Ryan, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, was colorful as usual. He assessed the Ravens' 34-15 loss to the Steelers. "They didn't look very good last week, but I think if they get a couple of cans of whip-ass out they'll be all right against the Browns," Ryan said. "They've got a good team. I took their defense for my fantasy football and the place kicker and the tight end. I'm counting on them for big things." Ryan also checked in on linebackers coach Mike Singletary, the captain of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears' defense that Ryan coordinated.
INJURY UPDATE: Billick expects to have cornerback Corey Fuller (quadriceps) and receiver Frank Sanders (toes) available although both are listed as questionable. "I'm feeling pretty good, and I'm going to go," Fuller said. "You've got to realize I didn't play the whole second half last week, so I might get some help." If Fuller is hampered or can't go, the Ravens will probably shift Gary Baxter from free safety and insert Demps. Nickel back Tom Knight has recovered from a strained hamstring. Cornerback Alvin Porter (groin) is questionable. Sanders hasn't played in over a month. "I've had no setbacks," Sanders said. "Everything hinges on how I feel Sunday. I considered myself likely last week, so we'll see." Running back Musa Smith (knee) is out. Center Casey Rabach and punter Dave Zastudil (hamstring) are probable.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.