Ravens' injury report and notes

TRAINING ROOM: Cornerback Chris McAlister (neck, shoulder) was downgraded to doubtful and won't play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys (3-6) at M&T Bank Stadium, meaning Corey Fuller will start in his place.<br><br> "I feel real good, and I think that we played well last week," said Fuller, who started 10 games at cornerback last season. "We know what we have to do."

Tight end Todd Heap (ankle) was also downgraded to doubtful, and didn't practice along with McAlister, and nickel back Deion Sanders (toe). Sanders is questionable and dime back Chad Williams is likely to play nickel back in his place with linebacker Bart Scott subbing again at dime back.

Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (pulled hamstring) is questionable, but practiced and is likely to be available.

"Look at what we do when he's in, look at what we do when he's not, it's a huge difference," Ravens coach Brian Billick said regarding the struggles of the running game during Ogden's three-game absence.

Offensive tackle Orlando Brown (knee) is probable and practiced along with offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo (broken toe).

Meanwhile, four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Peter Boulware is in a race against time as to whether he will be activated next week from the physically unable to perform list or be placed on injured reserve. The Ravens' deadline to make a decision on his status is next week.
A turf toe has slowed the progress of Boulware, who underwent off-season knee-surgery.

"It's tough to have the toe and the knee at the same time," Boulware said. "It has been a lot of bad luck. I'm giving it everything I've got and I'm working as hard as I can work. Hopefully, it will turn out right for me eventually."

QUICK HITS: Cowboys quarterback Vinny Testaverde, probable with an undisclosed illness, played in Baltimore for Ted Marchibroda from 1996 to 1997 and ranks first in all-time passing with 7,148 yards, 51 touchdown passes, 34 interceptions and an 82.8 passer rating. He's also 10th in rushing yardage with 326 yards.

… The Cowboys have been experimenting with a 3-4 alignment, using linebackers Al Singleton and Kalen Thornton at the line of scrimmage in a 49-21 loss to Philadelphia.

… Ravens kicker Matt Stover is from Dallas, where he was an all-district wide receiver and kicker, booting five field goals in one game. He even sold programs at Texas Stadium and won a Punt, Pass & Kick championship there.

… The Ravens' annual food drive will be held before kickoff with non-perishable food items and monetary donations being accepted and proceeds going toward the Maryland Food Bank.

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

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