Ravens experience some injuries in win

BALTIMORE -- Veteran wide receiver Frank Sanders caught one pass for 25 yards on a crisp post corner route. He also escaped unscathed by injury. His return came a month after he dislocated two toes in his right foot. "I felt very good," Sanders said. "I was proud to be a part of this one. The coaches did a good job of monitoring me."

INJURIES/INACTIVES: Offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo sprained his right medial collateral ligament and right ankle. "Right now, it doesn't feel too good," Mulitalo said. "I think I'll be all right."

Rookie safety Gerome Sapp sprained his right MCL.

Quarterback Kyle Boller suffered a left leg contusion and a mild MCL sprain and left after the third quarter.

Safety Ed Reed injured his right hand and wrist.

"It's a contact sport," Boller said. "I got hit in my shoulder and hip, too. Little nicks are part of the game. I should be fine. I definitely could have played."

Cornerback Chris McAlister departed with a thigh contusion briefly, but returned and played the rest of the way.

The Ravens' inactives were: cornerbacks Tom Knight and Alvin Porter, running back Musa Smith, fullback Ovie Mughelli, offensive tackle Damion Cook, defensive end Joe Salave'a, quarterback Anthony Wright and defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin.

DIFFERENT ALIGNMENTS: The Ravens employed several 4-3 looks to combat the Browns' multiple wide receiver sets. Outside linebacker/defensive end Adalius Thomas occasionally lined up in the interior line while nose guard Kelly Gregg moved out to end. Outside linebacker Peter Boulware played a lot at rush end, with Ray Lewis shifting outside on blitzes, too.

"I think we played to their personnel," Ray Lewis said. "They don't have a true blocking back for William Green and Jamel White and we have to match their personnel."

T-SIZZLES: Rookie outside linebacker Terrell Suggs picked up his second sack in as many games by tackling Browns quarterback Kelly Holcomb. His blindside hit was one of the Ravens' three sacks. He was congratulated by Ray Lewis tackling him with almost as much forced as Suggs applied to Holcomb.

"That's how we celebrate," Suggs said. "We're an aggressive defense. We had a great pass rush, but it's not enough. We need to turn it up a couple of notches."

STRUGGLING: Marcus Robinson keeps dropping passes and was limited to one catch for 10 yards. He has two catches through two games. The former Chicago Bears' Pro Bowl alternate has a $50,000 incentive clause in his contract that would be triggered by a 40-reception total with another $50,000 if he catches 50 passes this fall.

BOOTING IT: Kickoff specialist Wade Richey nailed a 56-yard field goal in the first half to set a Ravens record. Matt Stover previously held that mark with three 51-yard efforts.

WORDS OF WISDOM: In a chalkboard in the Ravens' locker room, a sign reminded the Ravens that a "thief" was visiting that stole a 14-13 win from them a year ago.

QUICK HITS: Brown and Fuller were honorary captains against their old team. … The Ravens set a team mark with 343 rushing yards. … Former Brown Ray Walls made his debut in the Ravens' nickel package after playing on special teams last week. He had three tackles and a pass deflection. … Offensive tackle Ethan Brooks continued his puzzling string of penalties with a false start that preceded Richey's field goal.

Aaron WIlson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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