Wright, Boulware still in holding pattern


Team will wait to decide on activation

injured pair yet to begin practicing

Pro Football

October 26, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The help that figured to be on the way from a couple of Ravens on the physically-unable-to-perform list may have to wait.

Because of injuries to tight end Todd Heap and left tackle Jonathan Ogden, the Ravens are in no hurry to allow quarterback Anthony Wright and linebacker Peter Boulware to begin practicing.

The team still has a couple of weeks before it must decide whether to remove the players from the PUP list and allow them to practice or place them on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

Wright, who has fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, appears to be closer to returning than Boulware.

"We still have a little time, a little wiggle room before we declare Anthony," coach Brian Billick said. "He is cleared medically to get onto the football field and participate. We'll look at whether we do that this week or next week, then we have that three-week period of time to work him before we have to make that final designation. In a perfect world, we'd like to have Anthony active this week with regards to bringing him off PUP.

"Peter Boulware would be the same way. Because of our injuries, we are forced to maybe forestall that a little bit."

Boulware had offseason knee surgery and likely will be limited to pass-rushing situations when he returns. The Ravens may choose to wait until the last possible day before allowing Boulware to practice and, in a worst-case scenario, use all three additional weeks to decide whether to place him on the active roster.

In the best-case scenario for Boulware, he would return when the Ravens host the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 21, but that still might be a stretch.

Wright, meanwhile, will return as the top backup to Kyle Boller after he gets a couple weeks of practice.

Turnovers are key

The Ravens have won 34 straight games and are 41-2 overall under Billick when they have fewer turnovers than their opponent.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw four interceptions and lost a fumble Sunday against the Ravens, who were plus-four in turnovers for the game.

"It's a huge part of what we are," said Billick, whose team last lost a game in which it won the turnover battle in October 2000 against Washington.

"Turnovers, well-documented, are the No. 1 determinant of a game," Billick said.

Billick talks up Eagles

If Billick could vote on who is the best team in the NFC, Philadelphia would win going away.

"They can lay claim to that unarguably," Billick said. "It's non-negotiable. Just like New England is the only undefeated team in the AFC, there is no argument until you lose one."

End zone

Receiver Travis Taylor weighed in on the firing of Florida football coach Ron Zook. Taylor played at Florida under Steve Spurrier. "I don't see Coach Spurrier going back to ... Florida. I think he'll try some different things," Taylor said. .... Director of player personnel Phil Savage will do a question-and-answer session at the ESPN Zone today at noon. ... The Ravens held their annual Halloween Party last night for charity.

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