McAlister benched for Sunday's game

SAN DIEGO -- Baltimore Ravens franchise cornerback Chris McAlister was benched for violating team rules and won't play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Although the Ravens (1-1) declined to specify what McAlister's latest transgression was, the former first-round draft pick allegedly missed curfew and a team meeting.

"You've got to be smarter than that," said a team source who spoke on condition of anonymity. "That's not what we need right before a game. We'll be fine, but Chris has to be aware of what he needs to be doing and be accountable for his actions."

McAlister, 26, is being paid $5.962 million for this season. Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne declined to elaborate on what McAlister did, but said Ravens coach Brian Billick will meet with the cornerback upon returning to Baltimore.

Gary Baxter will shift over from free safety to start in his place with Will Demps being elevated to the starting lineup opposite strong safety Ed Reed.

McAlister was charged with driving under the influence in Virginia last month.

Billick will likely meet with McAlister on Monday as the former University of Arizona standout and Pasadena, Calif. native is on his own this weekend and must arrange for his own travel back to Baltimore.

McAlister has reiterated several times that he has matured and will take a more professional approach. This isn't an indicator of any reversal in attitude, at least on the surface.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times..

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