Ravens' Wednesday Notes

ROSTER MOVES: Quarterback Anthony Wright was activated from the physically unable to perform list after missing the first nine weeks of the season after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery. <br><br> But Wright won't immediately become the backup quarterback. That will remain Kordell Stewart's job.

"Anthony's not really in a position to come in and play in a game," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "He is cleared to play, but it would not be prudent to put him in that situation.

"There's still soreness in the arm. Kordell Stewart is our No. 2 and probably will be for a while."

Fullback Ovie Mughelli's chronic hamstring problems sent him to injured reserve, ending his season.

The Ravens waived offensive lineman Damion Cook on Tuesday, but Billick said he hoped to re-sign Cook to the practice squad if he clears waivers
Meanwhile, the outlook for Pro Bowl outside linebacker Peter Boulware remains uncertain, and he's still on the physically unable to perform list. The Ravens have until next week to decide whether to activate their all-time sacks leader or place him on injured reserve.

Although Boulware's knee has apparently responded well since returning to practice a few weeks ago, he incurred a turf toe injury and his progress has been halted.

"We want to progress and really get a good workout on the knee, which we're very confident with, but the toe is the limitation right now," Billick said.

TRAINING ROOM: Cornerback Chris McAlister will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys (3-6) after suffering a neck stinger in Sunday's 20-17 overtime win over the New York Jets.

McAlister is listed as questionable and didn't practice. "It feels a lot better than it did on Sunday," McAlister said. "The pain has gone away, and it's just a matter of making sure that all of the muscles and tendons are strong enough to go another battle."

Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (hamstring), who has missed the last three games, took limited part in practice and is questionable along with tight end Todd Heap (ankle) and nickel back Deion Sanders (toe).
Ogden is the most likely to be available from that group.

Offensive tackle Orlando Brown (knee) and offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo (toe) are probable.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Cornerback and Gary Baxter, a Texas native and Baylor graduate, knows he'll hear about it from his Lone Star friends if Dallas pulls off an upset at M&T Bank Stadium.

"I've got a lot of friends that are Cowboys fans, and this is one of those games when I go back to Texas I want to say, 'I got a win off the Cowboys,' whether the shine is off the star or not," Baxter said.

QUICK HITS: Stewart was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 35.4 yards per punt in place of Zastudil. … McAlister weighed in on the risqué interaction between Eagles wideout Terrell Owens and "Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan in a publicity stunt prior to ABC's Monday Night Football that has drawn heavy criticism including reprimands from the league and the FCC: "I thought it was very inappropriate. When you have 10-year-olds at home watching the football game, kids everywhere love Monday night, it's kind of like Janet Jackson at halftime." As to whether he would welcome a nude Sheridan dropping her towel and pouncing on him, McAlister said: "I would let her, but not on camera."

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


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