Ravens rule Boulware out for the season

OWINGS MILLS -- An untimely turf toe injury ultimately disrupted the Baltimore Ravens' plans to activate outside linebacker Peter Boulware by Friday's NFL deadline, forcing the team to declare him out for the season. <br><br> Despite a grueling rehabilitation period for Boulware that began after undergoing off-season knee surgery, his progress was derailed by a toe injury suffered Nov. 4 during his second practice of the season.

Procedurally, the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker will remain on the physically unable to perform reserve list with the same effect as being placed on injured reserve.

"It's been pretty tough," Boulware said. "I would have to say these are probably two of the worst injuries I've had in my eight years playing in the NFL. I work on my knee for 10 months to get it healthy and it's feeling good, ready to play, and the day after I get out there to practice, my toe goes out on me."

The setback left Boulware - the franchise's all-time sacks leader, unable to practice or continue his conditioning. Boulware had played in 111 consecutive games to begin his career before missing the final two games of the 2003 season last season with the knee injury.

"It's been very frustrating, but I just want to believe something good is going to come out of this," said Boulware, a first-round draft pick in 1997 out of Florida State.

The Ravens' pass rush has still thrived without Boulware led by Terrell Suggs' 8 ½ sacks. Heading into Sunday's game against the New England Patriots (9-1), Baltimore (7-3) has registered 30 sacks, second in the NFL behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' 31.

"All I can do is look to next year and just know that I'm going to be extra fresh and extra ready to play," Boulware said. "At the same time, it still doesn't take the frustration away from this year. We've got seven games left and playoffs, and you still want to play this year."

Aaron Wilson writes for RavensInsider.Com and the Carroll County Times


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