Ravens' Monday Notes

HELD OUT: The Ravens started cornerback Corey Fuller with Chris McAlister subbing on third downs because of his throbbing shoulder.<br><br> McAlister was ultimately taken out as a precautionary measure, and Ray Walls acted as the nickel back. Gary Baxter covered slot receivers, and Chad Williams moved back to his normal dime position.

"We pulled Chris McAlister out because of his shoulder," Billick said. "He had held up to that point and we did not want to expose him to another hit."

MUD BOWL: After struggling in the quagmire at Gillette Stadium caused by a constant downpour, Billick criticized the natural grass surface. The Ravens play on artificial turf at M&T Bank Stadium. Billick doesn't think the league will mandate standardized playing surfaces.

"I don't know that you are getting the best the NFL has to offer when you play on a surface like that," Billick said. "Clearly, our surface, which others have to switched to as well, would have held up against the rain very well. I don't think they are going to change it."

TO GLOVE OR NOT TO GLOVE: Quarterback Kyle Boller, who was sacked four times, threw an interception and lost his sixth fumble to lead the league, kept experimenting with gloves in the soggy conditions. He never looked comfortable in the rain.

"It was just the feel," Billick said. "Obviously, he was searching to get the right grip on it. The ball was very, very wet. Obviously, [Tom] Brady was more used to it. It's a player preference: with or without gloves."

ENCOURAGED: With Lewis out, Chester Taylor rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries.

"He is the guy that we are going to ride with," Billick said.
In his Baltimore debut, Jamel White rushed for six yards on two carries.

"Jamel White has shown some promise," Billick said. "We like what he has done on special teams and we feel that we can get him some carries to give Chester a break."

SEND IT IN: Billick indicated that the Ravens will submit a questionable late hit penalty on linebacker Bart Scott to the league for a review.

"The officials saw what they saw," he said.

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

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