Ravens' Wednesday PM Notes

STICKING UP FOR A FRIEND: Ravens coach Brian Billick criticized the Notre Dame administration for firing Tyrone Willingham, a close friend from a stint with the Minnesota Vikings.

"It's hard for me to see an athletic director step up there and say, 'This is a quality human being. Our academics and team academic standing has never been better and this team is in great shape.' So, why the move?" Billick said. "That's hard to understand.

"There's no better coach than Ty Willingham. I hope they can find a good replacement for him. Ty's going to be fine."

NO HARD FEELINGS: Veteran cornerback Corey Fuller hasn't forgotten or forgiven former Browns coach Butch Davis for cutting him a year after restructuring his contract.

However, Fuller said he has put the episode behind him.

"It's very unfortunate," Fuller said of Davis' forced resignation. "I thought he was a good guy, a decent coach. He had funny ways of doing business and it didn't work out.

"He cut me and he cost me millions of dollars, but it's all good. It's in the past."

TRAINING ROOM: Besides Jamal Lewis (ankle), the Ravens also listed nickel back Deion Sanders (toe) and punter Dave Zastudil (shoulder) as doubtful.

Tight end Todd Heap, who has missed the last nine games with a sprained ankle, is questionable but practiced. There's an outside chance that Heap could play Sunday.

"We're still missing Todd and Jamal, they would help us out definitely," quarterback Kyle Boller said.

Zastudil practiced for the first time since separating his shoulder against the Jets. Sanders jogged with a noticeable limp and looks unlikely to return this week.

Linebacker Cornell Brown (infection), offensive tackle Orlando Brown (knee), cornerback Chris McAlister (shoulder), fullback Alan Ricard (knee contusion) and linebacker Bart Scott (ankle) are questionable. They all practiced except for Orlando Brown.

QUICK HIT: Chester Taylor missed a block against Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, whose subsequent hit on quarterback Kyle Boller caused a fumble that led to a score in the Ravens' 24-3 loss.

"It ain't forgotten," Taylor said. "It's part of playing running back. I don't miss a lot of blocks. Unfortunately, I missed that one." ... Besides Ravens director of player personnel Phil Savage being linked as a top candidate for the Cleveland Browns' vacant general manager position, Baltimore defensive coordinator Mike Nolan was mentioned as a potential head coach in published reports. If Nolan were to leave, defensive line coach Rex Ryan would likely succeed him as coordinator.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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