Baltimore Ravens notes - Wednesday

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis was unequivocal in describing his disdain for preseason football.

"Preseason is cool, but preseason is boring," said the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. "They try to tell you to turn your motor on and off, but there's no turning your motor on and off. They try to tell you to get hyped and passionate, but this is meaningless. If Sept. 11 was tomorrow, I might cry right now."

Lewis focused on the high risk of injury and questioned why the NFL has such an extensive lead-up to the regular season.

"Honestly, I'm not a big fan of preseason," Lewis said. "We have enough time. .. You get your motor wound up for nothing. Whatever play you made don't count and hopefully you didn't hurt yourself before the season begins.

"There's a lot of risk. The game is fast. There's not too much good going to happen from two people colliding at that rate of speed."

SAINTS' PASS RUSH: The Ravens' offensive line had trouble protecting Boller from the Eagles' blitz. How will they fare against the Saints' aggressive defense?

Between defensive ends Darren Howard, Charles Grant and Will Smith, they generated 29 sacks last season.

The Ravens have allowed five sacks and multiple pressures. They will likely have to employ maximum protection and chip-blocking schemes to keep Boller off the ground.

"It's good to get a test like that," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.

IMPRESSED: Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan praised defensive tackle Dwan Edwards for his performance against the Eagles.

Last year's second-round draft pick has five tackles through two games while working as a backup to Kelly Gregg.

"Dwan played a much better game against Philly," Ryan said. "He was flying around. By the time we cut that film on, if he wasn't in on the play, he was near it.

"He was hustling, outrunning people to the ball. In my opinion, he really stepped up and had a nice game."

TRAINING ROOM: Besides running back Jamal Lewis (foot, ankle), recently-signed linebacker Peter Boulware, cornerback Samari Rolle (knee), linebacker Tyson Smith (leg), running back Musa Smith (leg), linebacker Dan Cody (knee) and offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo (death in the family) won't play.

Linebacker Adalius Thomas (knee) is another possible scratch along with fullback Alan Ricard (calf).

Billick said the goal is to get Ricard a few snaps. Ricard practiced and said he felt much better, but will be a game-time decision.

QUICK HITS: The Ravens, especially kicker Matt Stover, are glad the Saints have replaced their outdated artificial turf with the same surface as M&T Bank Stadium: The Sportexe Momentum Turf System. "They have replaced it, or we would have boycotted," Billick joked. ...Billick on the Ravens' showing against the Eagles: "They put themselves in too big a hole and they were duly embarrassed by it." ... Randy Hymes leads the Ravens with eight catches for 95 yards.

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

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