Boulware to undergo surgery

OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Peter Boulware will soon undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean out cartilage in his right knee. Boulware had been selected to start in the Pro Bowl, but will be a spectator on the sidelines at the NFL's annual all-star game in Hawaii. "It should be a pretty routine deal," said Boulware, who missed the Ravens' 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Saturday's AFC wild-card game. "I need to get my knee cleaned out in the next week or so."

SHUT DOWN: The Ravens' offensive line was "beaten to the punch," according to left guard Edwin Mulitalo as NFL rushing champion Jamal Lewis was held to a season-low 35 yards on 14 attempts. One day later, Ravens coach Brian Billick addressed his strategy of largely abandoning the run in the second half. "They committed their resources to stop the run and they did a great job," Billick said. "They paid a price to a certain degree outside that we needed to enhance even more and we are going to have to do that in the future. "If you want to stop Randy Moss, it's real simple: put four guys on him. What is the price you pay?" As for whether Lewis was a large enough portion of the game plan, Billick responded: "I can't concern myself with it. The young man ran for over 2,000 yards. I think we handed the ball off enough to him." 

POSITION CHANGE: Veteran defensive back Corey Fuller began the season as a starting cornerback. He ended it as the nickel back as Gary Baxter permanently shifted from free safety to cornerback. Fuller said he will augment his exercise regimen and diet during the winter in Florida to try to lose 15 pounds. The ninth-year professional was listed at 5-foot-10, 220 pounds. He said he is willing to try nickel, cornerback or safety. "I'm a team guy," Fuller said. "I realize that I'm 32 and I'll be 33 next season. To give myself a real shot, I've got to lose some weight." 

SANDERS LOOKING FOR HEALTHY RETURN: Wide receiver Frank Sanders is due to make $2 million next season and his contract could possibly be restructured. Regardless, Sanders expressed a strong desire to come back next season. This year, he was limited to 14 receptions for 170 yards and no touchdowns as he battled toe and back injuries. "I've got a four-year deal so it's up to them," Sanders said. "Billick said we're all going to be here. I expect to be back and have a more productive year." 

COACHING SHUFFLE?: Although defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is scheduled to interview for the Chicago Bears' vacant head-coaching position, it's uncertain what changes, if any, will happen with the coaching staff. Defensive line coach Rex Ryan and secondary coach Donnie Henderson are potential candidates for defensive coordinator jobs. Nolan is one of several names linked to the Bears' coaching search. Billick said he's in favor of people garnering promotions, but doesn't want to lose the continuity on his staff. "I can't legally stop a position coach or a coordinator from becoming a head coach," Billick said. "If I choose to, I can block any other move, even if it's a position coach to a coordinator. I would be very hesitant to do that, but I do have that latitude." 

INJURY UPDATE: Rookie quarterback Kyle Boller, who underwent surgery to repair a torn quadriceps, said his leg is back to 100 percent. 

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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