Ravens' Saturday notebook

SUGGS FINED: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs acknowledged that he was fined $10,000 by the NFL this week for his late hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a shot that injured the rookie's ribs.

Suggs said he plans to appeal the fine. He has been fined a total of $35,000 this year for uniform violations and a hit on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

"I could have spent that money in Las Vegas," Suggs said.
Suggs leads the Ravens with 9 1/2 sacks, and is headed to his first Pro Bowl.

The second-year linebacker was glad to hear that Steelers linebacker James Farrior was fined $5,000 for his facemask penalty on Boller, but wondered why his fine was larger.
"That doesn't seem fair, but I guess the league just likes to fine me," Suggs said. "I must be on their mind."

REDSHIRT YEAR: Although he wasn't placed on injured reserve like third-round pick Devard Darling, it was essentially a redshirt year for second-round pick Dwan Edwards.

The rookie defensive end played in only three games, recording four tackles after being drafted 51st overall out of Oregon State.

"It was just like my freshman year when I redshirted," Edwards said. "I was a little surprised. I definitely wanted to play more. They told me it was a numbers issue from week to week.
"It was a quiet year, but I plan on making some noise next season. Despite the lack of playing time, I feel like I got better practicing against guys like Jonathan Ogden."

TRAINING ROOM: The Ravens downgraded tight end Todd Heap (ankle) and nickel back Deion Sanders (foot) to doubtful, and they missed a portion of team drills along with running back Jamal Lewis (ankle) and linebacker Ray Lewis (broken wrist), who are listed as questionable.

"I'll make those decisions as we approach game time," Billick said. "Nothing happened during the week to prevent that."
Billick said that the injured players' status will affect whether Taylor will be deactivated for the second consecutive week in a row.

Offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo, who had surgery Thursday on his torn triceps, is out, but hasn't been placed on injured reserve.

QUICK HITS: Ravens director of pro personnel George Kokinis, who worked with incoming Dolphins coach Nick Saban with the original Cleveland Browns, endorsed the hire of the LSU coach. "Just watching him, he's a proven winner," Kokinis said. "He's demanding, very smart, intelligent. Bottom line: the guy wins and I think they made a great choice." ... The Ravens' personnel department worked out several players, but didn't announce any signings. ... The Ravens will donate $15,000 and match up to $10,000 in donations from fans to be collected at Sunday's game to provide relief for those impacted by the tsunamis that devastated portions of South Asia earlier this week. ... The team hosted its annual holiday visit Friday from St. Vincent's, a home for abused children.

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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