McAlister DUI charges dismissed in Virginia

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

But coverage, not courts, on cornerback's mind

Pro Football

November 20, 2003|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Charges of driving under the influence against Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister were dropped Tuesday afternoon in Virginia, McAlister's attorney, Bob Battle, confirmed.

McAlister was arrested and charged with DUI early on Aug. 18 in Fairfax County. Those charges were dropped after Battle filed a motion to dismiss in Fairfax County General Court.

Also dismissed was a charge against McAlister of refusing to submit to a breath test, according to the lawyer.

McAlister declined to talk about the case.

The only thing the player would talk about was the challenge he and the rest of the Ravens' secondary will have Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks' receiving corps.

Each of Seattle's three primary receivers is in the top 25 in receiving yards in the NFC. Darrell Jackson is averaging 17.4 yards a catch, the highest of any receiver with more than 500 yards in the conference.

Jackson also ranks 10th in the conference with 660 receiving yards on 38 catches. Former first-round pick Koren Robinsion has 37 receptions for 530 yards, and third receiver Bobby Engram has 33 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns.

"We just watch film and go out there and play," said McAlister of his unfamiliarity with the group.

"It's going to be even. They haven't seen me and I haven't seen them, so that's going to cancel itself out."

Sanders optimistic

Frank Sanders has a small bone chip in his ankle, but the veteran receiver likes his chances of playing Sunday.

Sanders, along with Marcus Robinson (chest) are questionable for Sunday. If neither can play, the Ravens would have just two healthy receivers in Travis Taylor and Ron Johnson. Both, though, are expected to be ready.

"It feels better," said Sanders, who missed the loss in Miami. "I practiced a little bit last week. So, hopefully, at practice this week, I won't do anything to give the coaches the impression that I can't go."

End Tony Weaver (neck) is also questionable, while tight end John Jones (leg) is doubtful. Quarterback Kyle Boller (leg) is out. All of the players practiced yesterday except Boller and Jones.

Brown: no friction

Right tackle Orlando Brown addressed "Showergate" for the final time yesterday, saying he has no problem with his position coach, Jim Colletto.

Colletto and Brown reportedly had an argument in the locker room following the loss to the Dolphins. Brown and Ethan Brooks have been rotating at right tackle through much of the season.

"I'm good with Coach Jim," Brown said. "He's my coach and I got to listen to him."

Boller progressing

Boller, now off crutches, walked around the locker room without much of a limp. He said he has not had to use the walking aids for four days.

He was optimistic about a possible return in three weeks.

"It feels good, and I'm taking it day-to-day," said Boller, who had surgery on his injured quadriceps last Tuesday.

J. Lewis off hook

Quarterback Anthony Wright has officially been designated as the fumbler in overtime against the Miami Dolphins. Running back Jamal Lewis, who was originally charged with the fumble, gets back the three yards he was charged with losing, bringing his total of rushing yards for the game to 91, giving him 1,247 for the season. The league also took away a sack from the Dolphins in the first half and credited Wright with a 7-yard rushing loss.

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