Redman's back is questionable

In a sudden shift to an injury front centered all week on All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis' damaged shoulder, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Chris Redman has become an unexpected question mark. Leading up to today's impending encounter at Ravens Stadium with the Pittsburgh Steelers for supremacy in the AFC North, Redman developed stiffness in his lower back Friday night and didn't participate in Saturday morning's walk-through.

Instead, Redman received treatment from head trainer Bill Tessendorf. If his back doesn't improve enough for him to avoid a formidable Steelers' pass rush led by outside linebacker Joey Porter, veteran Jeff Blake would start in his place.
Redman has started all six games for Baltimore (3-3).

Because of a partially dislocated shoulder suffered against the Cleveland Browns, Lewis is listed as questionable along with kicker J.R. Jenkins (leg). End Michael McCrary (knee) is listed as doubtful while offensive tackle Ethan Brooks (back/knee) and Jason Thomas (calf) are probable to play.

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