Boulware likely to be placed on injured reserve

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Peter Boulware is extremely unlikely to be activated from the physically unable to perform list Friday and will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Because of a turf toe that the four-time Pro Bowl selection incurred during his second practice back after a grueling rehabilitation of his surgically-repaired knee, the Ravens have little choice in the matter heading into Friday's deadline to determine his status.

The toe injury derailed the significant progress the Ravens' all-time leading sacker made since injuring his knee last December against the Cleveland Browns. Boulware's knee is fine now, but the toe has kept him from practicing and conditioning.

"I don't think it's going to happen, but I'll wait until we make a final determination," Ravens coach Brian Billick said Thursday morning. "The timing of the toe, the knee, everything, it doesn't look good."

Last week, Boulware, 29, seemed resigned that this would happen. This is the first season that he has missed since entering the league in 1997 out of Florida State as the Ravens' first-round draft pick.

"It's frustrating," he said. "I've worked as hard as I possibly can to get my knee right and then I hurt my toe. It's been hard on me."
NOTES: The Ravens downgraded linebacker Cornell Brown (infection) from questionable to doubtful and linebacker T.J. Slaughter (wrist) from probable to questionable. … Billick said that Anthony Wright will remain the No. 3 quarterback behind Kordell Stewart. "It may stay that way for a long time," Billick said. "We can still get reps for Anthony if that were to be the long-term situation. We could stay like this through the whole season. You don't have to be No .2 to be No. 2."

Aaron Wilson writes for and the Carroll County Times.

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