Boulware likely to begin season on PUP list

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Peter Boulware remains on the physically unable to perform list, and the four-time Pro Bowl selection is still limping after undergoing surgery on his right knee this off-season.<br><br> Boulware, 29, missed the entire training camp and is unlikely to be healthy enough to act as a situational pass rusher when the Ravens open the regular season Sept. 12 against the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens' all-time sack leader would likely stay on the physically unable to perform list for at least the first five games and then return after the bye week to play against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 24. Boulware sprained his knee and tore cartilage against the Browns last December and hasn't played since.

"I don't know when I'll be able to be back, so it might take that long," said Boulware, who has begun jogging and has been replaced in the starting lineup by Adalius Thomas. "I have good days and bad days. Sometimes, my knee feels really good and then it will hurt if I push it too hard.

"So, it's something that I really can't put a date on. It all depends on how my knee comes around. I try to focus on getting better each day instead of thinking about, 'When will I be back?'"

Meanwhile, defensive end Marques Douglas said he's recovering well from a dislocated elbow and expects to be able to play against the Browns. He was originally slated to be out four to six weeks and has been replaced at right end by Jarret Johnson.

"The doctors tell me there's a 5-percent chance it would pop out again," Douglas said. "It's not as bad as a shoulder dislocation. I'm already lifting weights again."

However, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said he's reserving judgment on Douglas' availability for the Browns game.

"We're hopeful," Nolan said. "You have to be careful, though, because a defensive lineman uses his arms to push on every single play."

Quarterback Anthony Wright (shoulder), cornerback Fred Weary (quadriceps), cornerback Corey Fuller (bruised lower leg), return specialist Derek Abney (shoulder), defensive end Tony Weaver (high ankle sprain), tight end Todd Heap (bruised shoulder) and tight end Trent Smith (leg) didn't practice.

Wide receiver Devard Darling (quadriceps) returned to practice along with outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (minor facial cut). Wide receiver Travis Taylor (groin) is still limited.

Ravens coach Brian Billick is unsure whether rookie return specialist B.J. Sams will play Saturday against the Detroit Lions a few weeks after thumb surgery.

STRUGGLING?: Through two preseason games, backup quarterback Kordell Stewart has completed 4-of-15 passes for 40 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a 26.7 completion percentage for a 22.2 passer rating.

Do the numbers reflect the one-time Pro Bowl selection's true ability or are they more indicative of the fact that he's playing with reserves?

"He has had a scoring drive, and every time he's been in there's been some things going on around him," Billick said. "He has made some big plays. I don't know that he has struggled any more than anyone else."

SCORING PUNCH?: Under quarterback Kyle Boller's direction, the Ravens' first offense has produced one touchdown pass and a Matt Stover field goal in 10 offensive drives.

"No, our priority in preseason is that we don't want to get into the end zone at all," Billick quipped. "I tell Kyle, ‘Look, if you have the opportunity I don't want you to throw it in there. Of course, it is. We want to look good."

Boller has been sacked twice and hurried often during the preseason.

"I'd like to see him be given the time to go through progressional throws, so that falls on the offensive line," Billick said. "I'd like to see him be given the time to make a few of those throws."

DEDICATED: Offensive tackle Orlando Brown said he's dedicating this season to his ailing mother, who's on a ventilator in a Washington hospital.

"She's going to fight, so I'm going to fight," Brown said. "I'm doing it for her."
ROAD-WEARY: Newly-signed defensive lineman Bryan Save has been on the move this year, already playing with the Indianapolis Colts, Altanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.

"I haven't been able to unpack my bags hardly," said Save, who will get a look at nose guard and defensive end. "I hope I can fit in with this defense."

PACKED HOUSE: The Ravens don't have to cut the roster to 65 players until Aug. 31. Currently, though, they have an extremely crowded locker room.

"That's the hard thing right now," Billick said. "This facility is not built for this many bodies, so they've got to really work together, but that will change soon enough."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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