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Making Sense of the Ravens Injuries

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The Baltimore Ravens have had their fair-share of injuries just like many other NFL teams through the first part of the 2007 NFL season. The Baltimore braintrust of Head Coach Brian Billick in concert with General Manager Ozzie Newsome have focused on the November 5th Pittsburgh Steelers game as their injury target date. With the Ravens current won-lost record of 4-2, they have decided to start backup quarterback Kyle Boller for his second straight game against the Buffalo Bills this sunday while starting quarterback Steve McNair recovers from both groin and back ailments. The idea is for McNair to get healthy enough after the bye week following the Bills game to start against the Steelers and the upcoming games.

Also Jonathan Ogden will either be ready to return to his starting left offensive tackle position against the Steelers or probably be placed on injured reserve thereby ending his season if he is unable to play since spraining his left foot in the first game of the year undoubtedly as a result of favoring his lingering turf toe injury. Further, the offensive line has lost tackle Adam Terry and center Mike Flynn to various ailments with only Flynn likely to return for the Pittsburgh game assuming he has recovered enough from his knee sprain.

Currently, the Ravens first two tight ends Todd Heap and David Wilcox remain inactive with various injuries forcing the Ravens to start their third-string tight end in the Bills game. Heap should recover from his lower hamstring pull to play against the Steelers after sitting out the Bills game and resting it during the bye week. Additionally, starting defensive end Trevor Price should have the pins removed from his broken left wrist this week again pointing toward the Pittsburgh game for his return to action after missing the past four games.

Finally, starting cornerback Samari Rolle returned for limited action in last week’s Baltimore/St. Louis Rams game after missing the past three games with what was referred to as an “undisclosed illness” by the Ravens that briefly hospitalized him. Various sources have reported that his missing-in-action had to do with a lethargic reaction to medication initially prescribed to treat his illness that was diagnosed as a heart condition. Whatever the reason, he was limited to part-time duties as the nickel-back in the Ravens secondary that he performed well.

After they try to enter their bye week with a won-lost record of 5-2, the Ravens offensive unit should have Boller, Heap and Flynn back for the Pittsburgh game while Pryce’s and Rolle’s return to full-time duty will be a big boost on the defensive side. Overall, Baltimore’s first seven games are against opponents with a combined record of 10-28 while the second-half of the season will be against teams with a combined mark of 29-21. The Ravens better be as healthy as possible starting with the Steelers game if they hope to defend their 2006 AFC North division championship.


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One Response to “Making Sense of the Ravens Injuries”

  1. RAVENSFAN says:

    great hit

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