Ravens' Weaver ruled out for Sunday's game

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens ruled out defensive end Tony Weaver for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers because of a neck injury.

Weaver will miss his first start after 27 consecutive games on the left side since being drafted in the second round out of Notre Dame last year. He aggravated a stinger in the first half of a 44-41 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks.

"We could probably push through it, but let's give him a week. It's probably in his best interests," Ravens coach Brian Billick said Thursday morning. "That means everybody is going to play."

Rookie Jarret Johnson and Riddick Parker will likely split time at left end in Weaver's absence. Weaver has five sacks.

Meanwhile, nickel back Tom Knight was downgraded from questionable to doubtful because of an ankle injury.

Because starting cornerback Corey Fuller is still questionable with leg injuries, free safety Gary Baxter will have to be ready to shift over Raymond Walls and Lamont Brightful will be needed as reserves.

"At the end of the day, we'd like to have Corey get 35, maybe 40 snaps, tops," Billick said. "Right now because of where is physically, he's ready to go, but we want to keep those snaps to a minimum."

Wide receiver Marcus Robinson was added to the injury report with a chest ailment and is listed as questionable.

QUICK HITS: The Ravens practiced during the holiday, but were excused earlier than usual in the afternoon. … As payment for a lost wager on the annual Stanford-Cal game, quarterbacks and receivers coach David Shaw, who played flanker at Stanford, wore rookie quarterback Kyle Boller's Cal jersey to Thursday's workout.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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