Ravens coach Brian Billick emphasized that Sanders' injury wasn't serious, making the same assessment for two players listed as probable: safety Chad Williams (groin) and linebacker Ed Hartwell (ankle). "It's all the same thing, little bumps and bruises," Billick said. "If I don't put them down on the injury report, I get my butt fined. So, they're on the injury report."
Sanders said his hamstring flared up during warmups on Wednesday. Not only did Sanders feel good enough to practice without incident Thursday, he also played basketball at the team's training complex. "I felt good enough to do everything," Sanders said. "You won't see me on the sidelines. I've been doing this for nine years. Without having a good reason for taking days off, I'm good to go."
Hartwell said his twisted ankle wasn't major. The only player the Ravens' medical staff has ruled out is fullback Harold Morrow. He has a hairline fracture of his elbow. Offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo (knee, ankle) and safety Gerome Sapp (knee) are listed as questionable while safety Ed Reed (knee) and running back Chester Taylor (hand) are probable. Mulitalo and Sapp both said they anticipate being available on Sunday against Kansas City. A probable designation indicates a 75-percent likelihood of playing.
Meanwhile, rookie running back Musa Smith is intent on beating Billick's deadline of being fully healed from arthroscopic knee surgery before the upcoming bye week. The third-round draft pick from Georgia has been upgraded to doubtful for the first time this season. "Yeah, I'm ahead of target," Smith said. "It's feeling really good when I'm out there at practice cutting. I think I'll be able to play in the games after the bye week."
QUICK HITS:Outside linebacker Peter Boulware is launching the Peter Boulware Youth Tackle Football League as a division of the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks with play to begin Saturday at Southside Academy in Baltimore. … Ravens free safety Gary Baxter hosted a private screening of "Rundown" Thursday to thank emergency workers who assisted the cleanup in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isabel. "Many people are working overtime so people can feel safe and secure," Baxter said. "I'm proud to see how everyone stepped up to help this community get back on its feet."
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.