Boller won't need surgery (Updated)

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller will not require surgery to repair his hyperextended right big toe and could return as soon as Oct. 16 against the Cleveland Browns in a best-case scenario, according to coach Brian Billick.

However, Billick indicated Tuesday that it's more likely that Boller would be healthy enough to return Oct. 23 against the Chicago Bears or Oct. 31 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Basically, the original prognosis held up," Billick said. "We hoped he could be back and practicing after the Jets game (Oct. 2), and that still holds true.

"It's a matter of, ‘Is it two weeks or three weeks of rehab and practice before he's ready to go?' We won't know that until the end of next week. You hope he'll definitely be back by Pittsburgh."

Boller was back on crutches and wearing a cast Tuesday at the team's training complex after wearing a protective boot until Monday. Boller got a favorable second opinion Monday from the North Carolina foot specialist who treated linebacker Peter Boulware's turf toe last season.

"They put him in a cast, so that accelerates it," Billick said. "That's not an indication that it's any more serious."
The Ravens' 2003 first-round draft pick was injured in a season-opening loss to the Indianapolis Colts on a sack by defensive tackle Larry Triplett. Backup Anthony Wright started Sunday in a 25-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Billick didn't rule out the possibility of surgery if Boller experiences a setback in his rehabilitation.

"There's always the potential via the rehab if it flares up again," Billick said. "That potential always exists."

Boller is ineligible to be placed on the physically unable to perform list because he was hurt after the season began.

"Either Kyle can return or he gets put on injured reserve based on how the rehab goes," Billick said.


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