Goose sighting and other notes

GOOSE SIGHTING: Gigantic in girth and personality, former Baltimore defensive tackle Tony Siragusa was in town for production meetings as an analyst for the FOX crew calling Saturday night's preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

The retired Siragusa, who appeared lighter than his listed playing weight of 350 pounds, needled players, coaches and local media. He stays in touch with defensive line coach Rex Ryan and several teammates from the Ravens' Super Bowl team, including Sam Adams, Rob Burnett and Michael McCrary.

Among Siragusa's observations:

On the Ravens' prospects: "A lot of hurt guys walking all over the place. I would like to see them when everybody is on the field."

On the potential comeback of retired cornerback Deion Sanders: "I still want to see Deion and get his autograph."

On stocky nose guard Kelly Gregg: "Kelly Gregg looks like he grew at least two inches."

In an exchange with linebacker Adalius Thomas: "How much money you making now? I need some money. Grab me a pie and put it in my car."

On whether he'll be back HBO's 'The Sopranos' as strong, silent bodyguard Frankie Cortese: "I think so. I got my feet wet a little bit. Hopefully, we'll grow that role a little bit."

On being back in a football environment: "I want to hit somebody, but I ain't doing all that running and stuff."

On retirement: "I think the toughest thing to do is accept when your time is over. I could have probably played another year or two, but I would have been just holding on. I wanted to leave on my own terms. I don't have any regrets."

TRAINING ROOM: Ravens coach Brian Billick ruled out wide receiver Travis Taylor (groin) for the game, adding that rookie receiver Devard Darling (quadriceps) would be a game-time decision. If Darling is unavailable, Randy Hymes would start at split end.

Tight end Todd Heap (bruised shoulder), defensive end Tony Weaver (high ankle sprain), defensive end Marques Douglas (elbow), return specialist Derek Abney (shoulder), tight end Trent Smith (leg), linebacker Peter Boulware (knee), quarterback Anthony Wright (shoulder), center Mike Flynn (broken collarbone), cornerback Fred Weary (quadriceps), cornerback Corey Fuller (bruised lower leg) and defensive tackle Matt Zielinski (knee) won't play.

SAMS' DEBUT: Not only will rookie B.J. Sams return punts tonight in his first NFL game despite breaking his thumb during training camp. The undrafted free agent from McNeese State will also play running back in the second half.

"I told everyone back home to be sure to watch," said Sams, who hails from Mandeville, La. "This is really big for me."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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