Ravens' Monday Notes

ROSTER MOVES: Quarterback Anthony Wright will be activated from the physically unable to perform list this week. Wright underwent surgery in the off-season to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. Now that he's recovered, he'll be the backup quarterback again, relegating Stewart to third string for the first time in his career.

The Ravens' roster will change in the form of cutting a player or demoting someone to the practice squad.

Kickoff specialist Wade Richey was inactive on Sunday, and offensive tackle Tony Pashos remains eligible for the practice squad.

Billick said that Richey was deactivated because of the unpredictable New York wind, and so the team could have fullback Ovie Mughelli available for special-teams duty.

TRAINING ROOM: Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister's status for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys is uncertain after he suffered a stinger in his shoulder that caused numbness. A magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday revealed no structural damage.

"We think Chris will be okay," Billick said. "It's a severe stinger, basically. He's had all the imaging and all of the other things that are done on it, so we're optimistic about that.

"It's sore. It doesn't feel real good now, but we're fairly optimistic."

Offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo said he'll play despite breaking his pinkie toe.

Billick had no definitive answers for when offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (hamstring) and tight end Todd Heap (ankle) might return. Heap has missed seven games in a row, and Ogden has been out for the last three. Nickel back Deion Sanders (strained toe) is another question mark.

ROOKIE WALL?: Rookie return specialist B.J. Sams had probably his worst football game, fumbling twice in the first half against the Jets. He committed one turnover, leading to a Curtis Martin rushing touchdown.
Sams did perform well on kickoff returns, averaging 25.3 yards.

"I don't think that B.J. hit the wall, so to speak, as much as it was a cold, slick ball, windy," Billick said. "It was a tough circumstance, but we are confident that B.J. will not do that again. He has learned from it."

OUT OF PLACE: Because of injuries, the Ravens' offensive line was forced into an unusual configuration.

At one point, it was comprised of left tackle Ethan Brooks, left guard Bennie Anderson, who's normally the right guard, center Casey Rabach, right guard Mike Flynn, the former starting center, and right tackle Orlando Brown.

They allowed three sacks and didn't create much of a path for Jamal Lewis to run through. Lewis was held to 71 yards despite 30 carries.
"Under those circumstances, very well, but they needed to perform better," Billick said. "I qualify that by them being in different positions."

QUICK HITS: Billick awarded game balls to wide receiver Clarence Moore, who caught two touchdown passes, safety Ed Reed, who returned an interception 78 yards to set up Baltimore's first score, and Stewart. … Ideally, the new punter, not quarterback Kyle Boller, will be the holder for field goals and extra points. "Kyle was fine," Billick said. "Matt was probably a basket case. Kickers are very particular about that." … The Ravens' offense is no longer ranked last, climbing to 30th overall, but remains 32nd in passing. … Baltimore improved to fourth in total defense. … The Ravens will present $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity and a home to a family in Sandtown this morning.

Aaron Wilson writes for ravensinsider.com and the Carroll County Times.


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