Ravens' Boller to undergo surgery

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens team spokesman Kevin Byrne said injured rookie quarterback Kyle Boller will undergo surgery today to repair his torn quadriceps.

The team does not currently plan to place him on injured reserve, holding out hope that he will return in four to six weeks rather than six to eight weeks.

Of course, Boller might not make it back at all this season.

According to Byrne's conversation with team doctor Leigh Ann Curl, the injury likely occurred when Boller banged kneecaps with fullback Alan Ricard in the second quarter. The tear is in the muscle, but it's not torn off the bone, the tendon or the patella. It will be stapled to aid the way it mends.

Meanwhile, Chris Redman, whom Boller beat out in training camp. is the Ravens' first option at quarterback despite struggling mightily against the St. Louis Rams. Former Dallas Cowboys starter Anthony Wright is another possibility. The Ravens are in the process of trying to sign a veteran quarterback and might sign one later today depending upon a physical. Unemployed passers include Neil O'Donnell and Ray Lucas.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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