Ravens' Thomas breaks his arm

BALTIMORE - Diving on the ground for the football after sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Adalius Thomas got crunched by teammate Ray Lewis.

Thomas broke his arm just below his elbow in the accident, X-rays revealed. And the special teams standout dislocated his elbow during the second quarter of the Ravens' 31-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Thomas will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today and will likely require surgery early this week. It's unclear with three games remaining in the regular season if Thomas will be placed on injured reserve, but it's probable to conclude that his season is over.

"I'm already plotting my comeback," said Thomas, who sacked Kitna twice. "I refuse to go on injured reserve. I'm going to try to put some dirt on it and come back."

Thomas had a sling on his arm afterward. His elbow was popped back into place, but a broken bone is a more serious medical matter altogether. "Realistically, I don't know," said Thomas, who entered the contest with a budding candidacy for Pro Bowl special teams honors with a team-high 23 tackles in kick coverage. "It's football. That's what happens. They call it friendly fire. "It could have been worse. I could have been paralyzed. I've got to deal with it."

ENCOUNTER: Before kickoff, Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson enraged offensive tackle Orlando Brown.

Brown said Johnson approached him during warmup drills and wanted to shake hands, but he declined.

"I looked at him like he was crazy," Brown said of Johnson, the AFC receiving yardage leader who was limited to two catches for 15 yards. "I turned my back on him. Then, he hit me and took off running. I chased him, but I couldn't catch him.

"I played it off and I saw him out of the corner of my eye and went over there to smack him, but he took off again. He tried to take me out of my game plan, but it didn't work."

Ravens safety Ed Reed said it was obvious that Johnson was trying to lull Baltimore to sleep by playing nice before the game started.

"There's no friends on the football field," Reed said. "If he scores on us, you know he's going to be dancing in the end zone. We don't want your handshake before the game."

Mocking Johnson and fellow receiver Peter Warrick's end-zone poses from earlier this year when the tandem pantomimed an imaginary fashion shoot, cornerback Chris McAlister pretended to whip out a camera. Reed struck a winning pose in the locker room.

QUARTERBACK QUESTION: Ravens coach Brian Billick seemed exasperated when asked if rookie quarterback Kyle Boller will unseat Anthony Wright when he's fully-recovered from leg surgery.

Boller is projected by Billick to be the third quarterback this weekend against the Oakland Raiders. He has said he will stick with Wright as long as Baltimore remains in the playoff hunt. "You know what? I want 11 quarterbacks here," Billick said sarcastically at his press conference. "I'm tired of getting 10 quarterbacks shoved down my throat, I'm going to get an 11th guy in there. Anybody in here that can backpedal and throw, you're my starting quarterback."

INJURY UPDATE: Brown aggravated his rib injury, but returned.

Linebacker Cornell Brown sprained his right knee and suffered a contusion.

Return specialist Lamont Brightful incurred a contusion to his left knee.

Fullback Alan Ricard sprained his right knee. And running back Jamal Lewis left the game to have his sprained wrist examined, but it wasn't broken.

EYEING 2,000: Lewis is the NFL rushing leader with 1,622 yards after rushing for 180 yards. He's on pace to rush for 1,996 yards for the season.

"The chances are great," Lewis said. "As long as the line keeps blocking like they are, everything will work out, but that's not my main focus."

GAMECOCK CONNECTION: For the sixth time in the last three games, quarterback Anthony Wright threw a touchdown to Marcus Robinson, his former University of South Carolina teammate.

"I think it comes from our Gamecock days," Wright said after throwing a short fade route for a score to Robinson. "I have a good feel with him. We've been working on that play all week. We feel like we can take advantage of that anytime."

INACTIVES: The Ravens deactivated quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Ray Lucas, cornerback Tom Knight, fullback Ovie Mughelli, defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, offensive tackle Damion Cook, wide receiver Ron Johnson and tight end John Jones.

QUICK HITS: Baltimore improved to a club-record 6-1 at home. … Running back Chester Taylor fumbled for the second time in the last three weeks. … Wright fumbled for the fifth time in the last four games. … The Ravens allowed Brandon Bennett to return four kickoffs for a 27.3 average, including a 38-yard return. … Baltimore set a three-game scoring record with 119 points in wins over Seattle, San Francisco and Cincinnati. … Lewis moved into first place on the team's career touchdown list with 24, surpassing Jermaine Lewis' old mark of 22.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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