Billick had several veterans, including Ray Lewis who will wear a protective
cast on his broken wrist Sunday and is listed as questionable, take mental
repetitions this week rather than tax themselves physically during practice.
"This time of year it's always that way," Billick said. "A lot of guys have to get nothing but mental reps, but that's very typical and we've done that before."
PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS: There are multiple playoff scenarios concerning the Ravens and three other 8-6 clubs: the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos.
The Jaguars are in a position of strength, though, because of their strength of victory and strength of schedule tiebreakers. It's unlikely they could clinch a playoff berth this week with a win and losses by the Ravens, Broncos and Bills. The Jaguars still need to clinch the strength of victory tiebreaker, which includes several other contests.
Bottom line: It's too early to forecast, at least not until after Sunday's games.
That won't stop the Ravens from watching the scoreboard for out-of-town scores, though.
"You try not to, but you can't help but look," offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo admitted. "In TV timeouts, you look up at the scoreboard and check to see who's doing what. Maybe I shouldn't. But when it's to determine if we're going to go on and play extra, I'm going to look."
YOUTHFUL SUCCESS: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is only 22 years old, and has already garnered a Pro Bowl appearance and was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season.
He's far from satisfied despite having posted 21 1/2 sacks in 30 career games.
"I think Ray made it in his second year, too, and look what kind of career he had," Suggs said. "That doesn't go for everybody.
"There's a lot of people who made it and ended up busts. I'm going to try hard not to be one of those guys."
QUICK HITS: The Steelers were upset that defensive end Aaron Smith, who registered eight sacks, wasn't selected to the Pro Bowl. "I'm worse than disappointed," defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen said. "I'm discouraged. I'm going to leave it alone at this: He's the best in the NFL and deserves to go to the Pro Bowl." ... As a Christmas present, Roethlisberger purchased new suits for each of his starting offensive linemen from a Texas tailor who specializes in big, tall and super-sized clothing. "I can never repay what they do for me," Roethlisberger said. "My livelihood is in their hands." ... The Steelers are 6-3 against Baltimore since 1996. The road team is 7-5 in this series over the last 12 games.
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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