Rabach may start with Mulitalo hurt

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens' offensive line contributed heavily to running back Jamal Lewis shattering the NFL mark for rushing yards in a single game. Following a 33-13 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns that featured Lewis' 295 yards, it looks unlikely they will have the same set of blockers against the San Diego Chargers.

Offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo sprained his right medial collateral ligament and ankle in the fourth quarter and might need a week or two to recover. The ankle is the more serious injury. Offensive line coach Jim Colletto said he's planning on not having Mulitalo available this game and inserting top substitute Casey Rabach at left guard.

"That's the direction we'll probably go in because Edwin will probably be out a while and Casey can play all three inside positions," Colletto said. "Ankles are always a pain in the neck."

Colletto said he will continue to have Ethan Brooks and Orlando Brown rotate at right tackle. Reserve lineman Damion Cook will probably be activated.

Brooks was bull-rushed to the ground by Browns end Kenard Lang one play, then leap-frogged Brooks to sack rookie quarterback Kyle Boller and force a fumble. Brooks was also flagged for a false start. "The ball probably should have been thrown by then, but Ethan got spun around and those are the things you can't let happen," Colletto said.

Lang generated two sacks. Brown missed a key block on a running play and was penalized once for holding. "Both of them have their moments and both of them have their disasters, too," Colletto said. "We've got to eliminate as many of their disasters as we can."

ISABEL MAY ALTER PLANS: Hurricane Isabel's menacing approach up the East Coast may send the Ravens to San Diego a few days early. The Ravens originally had planned to leave on Friday, but are weighing their options.

INJURY UPDATE: Billick reiterated that Boller could have continued after suffering a bruised left leg and mild MCL sprain. Chris Redman replaced him in the third quarter. Boller said he anticipates practicing and starting this week.

Rookie safety Gerome Sapp, the team's special teams player of the week, sprained his right MCL. Billick was "pessimistic" about Sapp's availability.

Safety Ed Reed hurt his right hand and wrist, but it's not believed to be serious.

CHALLENGE: Billick unsuccessfully challenged a call that tight end Todd Heap had trapped the football for an incompletion instead of catching it against his body. The ruling on the field stood, costing Baltimore a timeout. Billick quipped that he was trying to hit the official when he threw the red challenge flag in the third quarter. Actually, what Billick did made Brown nervous. The lineman was hit in the eye three years ago by a penalty flag. "When he threw that challenge flag, I was like, 'Oh hell,'" Brown said. "It made me think about what happened to me."

QUICK HITS: Lewis and the offensive line were the team's offensive players of the game. Reed got the defensive award for intercepting two passes, returning one for a score. … The Ravens have fumbled eight times in two games, losing three. .. Baltimore has been flagged for 20 penalties for 166 yards. … Mulitalo will hold a press conference today with Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley to discuss his partnership with the Baltimore school system … Also today: Reed will announce a partnership with UPS and Booker T. Washington Middle School; linebacker Terrell Suggs and tackle Tony Pashos will visit students at the Living Classrooms Foundation.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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