Ravens' guards are banged-up

OWINGS MILLS -- Both of the Baltimore Ravens' left offensive guards are listed as questionable on the injury report. Yet, both blockers are expected to be available to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Starter Edwin Mulitalo has a sprained left ankle, and backup Casey Rabach has a hip contusion.

Mulitalo is likely to play, though, and Rabach said he will be prepared just in case he's needed. If neither could play, untested Damion Cook would be forced into action.

"Edwin's a fast healer, so I think he'll be capable of playing this week," Rabach said. "I don't know what will happen, but one of us or both of us will be ready to go. We'll have a left guard."

Offensive tackle Orlando Brown (shoulder) and running back Jamal Lewis (shoulder) are listed as probable. Lewis said his shoulder feels better and is merely bruised.

Wide receiver Ron Johnson remains out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago. "I've been running just in the pool, no jogging yet," Johnson said. "It's not as sore and the electic treatment is helping."

Meanwhile, the Bengals (1-4) hope to have Pro Bowl running back Corey Dillon (groin) back to revive the league's No. 28 rushing offense. "Dillon affects my decision big-time," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We want to make sure we don't leave ourselves at risk at some other position based on how he feels. He's willing, but let's just make sure he's totally able and he's back to where he can be Corey."

SETTLING UP: Following the University of Miami's 22-14 win over the Florida State football team last weekend, a wager was collected on Wednesday in the Ravens' locker room. Much to their chagrin, Seminole football alums Corey Fuller and Peter Boulware were forced to don Hurricanes jerseys as a result of their bet with former Miami standouts Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. "We don't do much betting around here, but they lost the bet," Lewis said. "They were so confident. A Hurricane is always patient, and they lost. "So, they have to wear them the rest of the week just as a reminder of how big the game was. Pete looks real good in a Miami jersey."

QUOTABLE: Billick regarding Jamal Lewis emphasizing the lack of balance between the Ravens' top-ranked rushing game and lowest-ranked passing offense: "Those of you that want to intimate that there's frustration or angst in the locker room or division, you're wrong. It's kind of an obvious observation. He made a valid observation, and it's not one anyone has made differently."

QUICK HIT: Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna mistakenly referred to Peter Boulware as Michael Boulware, the younger brother of the Ravens' Pro Bowl linebacker. Michael Boulware is a standout linebacker at Florida State.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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