Boller says he'll play vs. Broncos despite sprained left shoulder

October 23, 2003|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Kyle Boller was listed as questionable on yesterday's injury report, but the rookie quarterback left little question whether he'll start against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

"Right now, I feel like I can go out there and do it," Boller said. "I'll find a way to get through it."

Three days after spraining his left shoulder, Boller was able to participate in the Ravens' first practice of the week, according to team officials. If he shows no setback from practice, it's possible he could be upgraded to probable today or tomorrow.

The first-round draft pick injured his shoulder with 1:20 left in Sunday's loss in Cincinnati when he was slammed into the ground by defensive end Justin Smith. Despite obviously being hurt, he stayed in and finished the game.

Although Boller said the pain has "calmed down a little bit," coach Brian Billick indicated that Boller and backup Chris Redman likely would share reps in practice, which is not open to reporters. Boller has played in 23 of 24 quarters this season, only sitting out the final quarter five weeks ago with a knee injury.

"To be honest, I really think a little pain is not that big of a deal," Boller said. "You've got to sometimes fight through things. I'm a guy who likes to practice and throw the ball each day."

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis is expected to start after being listed as probable for the second straight week with a sprained right shoulder. To keep the league's leading rusher physically fresh, the Ravens likely will not allow Lewis to receive any contact in practice for the rest of the year.

"It's not torn," Lewis said. "It's just an ache. I'm a tough football player and I play with injuries. It's part of football. As long as I get the proper treatment and take care of it, it'll be no problem."

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