Ravens notebook: Cavanaugh update

CAVANAUGH UPDATE: Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh remains a finalist for the University of Pittsburgh head coaching job, but no announcement was made Wednesday. Athletic department officials didn't return telephone calls.

A former Pitt quarterback who led the school to its last national title in 1976, Cavanaugh is in competition with Pitt defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads as the only candidates to interview twice.

"We have a structure in place that has gone very well," Billick said. "We hope they can move on very quickly should that happen for Matt, and we're very hopeful that it will."

TRAINING ROOM: Ravens coach Brian Billick characterized his team as "banged-up" following a 20-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and the injury report bears that out.

Lewis is questionable with a fractured wrist, and said he expects to wear a cast on Sunday.

"It's getting better," Lewis said. "Anything that's not put together, anything that's broken, it's going to be a challenge."

Heap (ankle) is listed as questionable along with running back Jamal Lewis (ankle), nickel back Deion Sanders (foot), linebacker Bart Scott (knee) and defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu (leg). All of those players missed a portion of team drills except for Kemoeatu and Scott.

Fullback Alan Ricard (hamstring) and running back Chester Taylor (hip, knee) are probable.

"It's a hard, aggressive, abrasive turf," Billick said of the RCA Dome. "We'll probably gear back a little bit today and try to crank it up tomorrow."

OPEN INVITATION: If nickel back Deion Sanders wants to return next season, he's apparently welcome despite a sketchy injury history in 2004.

Sanders ended a three-year retirement to play for Baltimore, but the 37-year-old former Pro Bowl selection missed six games because of injuries.

"He's been a joy to have, a great addition to this club," Billick said of Sanders, who has intercepted three passes. "We'd love to have him back."

Sanders wasn't available for comment, but hasn't officially ruled out playing another season. He turns 38 in August.

QUICK HITS: The Steelers ruled out linebackers Kendrell Bell (groin) and Clark Haggans (groin). Linebacker Clint Kriewaldt (hamstring) is doubtful. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress (hamstring), running back Duce Staley (hamstring) and cornerback Chad Scott (knee) are questionable.
... Following the illegal contact penalties Baltimore's defense was assessed in the loss to Indianapolis, Billick was asked if he had noticed any change in the way officials are calling the renewed point of emphasis. "I did the other night," said Billick, who didn't ask for the rule to be revisited in the off-season. "As with all the rules, you hope for an element of consistency. They strive for that. They're going to make mistakes. It's unfortunate they were made the other night. I'm comfortable with the rule."

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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