Ravens' Wright gets a win while off his game

OWINGS MILLS -- Anthony Wright obtained the most important statistic for a quarterback during the Baltimore Ravens' trip to Cleveland: a victory. However, Wright was off his game in terms of accuracy and decision-making in the Ravens' 35-0 victory over the Browns on Sunday.

He completed 10-of-18 passes for 90 yards, a shovel pass for a score and tossed an interception into heavy coverage off his back foot.

Wright said that he got carried away on his interception to Earl Little by trying to duplicate the unorthodox improvisation of Green Bay Packers star passer Brett Favre. He said the miscue increased the Ravens' focus from that point onward.

"He understands what he needs to do with the exception of the one pass," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Those were tough circumstances. It was windy. It was cold. The fans were into it early.

"Throwing the ball downfield was an iffy proposition from play to play because it would gust and then stop. I thought he handled all those circumstances under a pressurized situation very well."

MODELL DEFENDER: The Ravens will induct owner Art Modell into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The occasion marks the last regular-season game of Modell's 43rd and final season as majority owner as he will soon turn over the franchise to Maryland businessman Steve Bisciotti.

Billick went out of his way to defend Modell's record about moving the original Browns to Baltimore after financial issues and stadium disputes with officials.

"I wasn't going to say this, but I'm going to give it one last shot: At some point, the great fans in Cleveland, the great people in Cleveland, will recognize and admit that they were scammed," Billick said. "That the political powers that be had forced Art Modell and the NFL out of Cleveland, and ought to be ashamed of doing it.

"Art did it in a way that left them the legacy. Now restored, they worked past that con and scam and have a beautiful stadium in a legendary town with ownership in a position to build on that."

Billick said it's unfair that Art and Pat Modell's reputations have been besmirched by the controversy. Modell's candidacy for the Hall of Fame (he's a semifinalist again) has been affected by the move.

"For all that Art and Pat did for that city for 40 years, for that to be swept aside, is not right, particularly when it came at the hands of, in my opinion, a bunch of scam artists," Billick said. "Eventually, that's going to come to light. They can't fine me, so I can say that."

SHEDDING THE RUST: Rookie quarterback Kyle Boller, who was 5-4 as a starter, played for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn quadriceps.

He mostly handed off, completing one pass for 10 yards to tight end Terry Jones in the fourth quarter.

"We wanted to get him back into a groove a little bit," Billick said. "You would hate for Kyle to have to step in, God forbid an injury to Anthony, and have that first live snap."

INJURY UPDATE: Outside linebacker Peter Boulware was walking with a pronounced limp after spraining his knee against the Browns. His status is uncertain for Sunday's kickoff. "Bill Tessendorf feels good about where Peter could be, but it may very well be a game-time decision," Billick said.

The Ravens' injury list also includes: return specialist Lamont Brightful (mild concussion), offensive guard Bennie Anderson (knee sprain) and tight end John Jones (leg).

QUICK HITS: Rookie running back Musa Smith, scored his second NFL touchdown on an 11-yard run up the middle on 4th-and-5 on Sunday. ... Browns safety Robert Griffith and wide receiver Quincy Morgan reportedly got in a fight in the locker room on Friday. Griffith was sporting a cut on his face from being slammed into a wooden locker, according to published reports. Both players denied there was an altercation on Sunday to Cleveland reporters. ... The Ravens visited children at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Monday. ...This morning, Jamal Lewis will be at the ESPNZone to host a holiday party for the Police Athletic League. This afternoon, players are visiting the children at St. Vincent's Center.

Aaron WIlson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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