Fined Rolle gets off without suspension in domestic violence case

Ravens notebook

Cornerback glad to move on as NFL closes saga

Ravens to open in black

Pro Football

September 07, 2005|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Cornerback Samari Rolle will be fined but not suspended by the NFL after settling charges in an offseason domestic violence case.

Rolle will lose one week's pay, about $58,823, or one-seventeenth of his $1 million salary this season. He will, however, be in uniform when the Ravens face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, primarily because Rolle had never been in any serious trouble with the league before.

"Samari has taken full responsibility for the offseason incident," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "I know he's got to feel good that it's behind him. We feel good the league proceeded in the normal way it does, very specific, judicious about it. The important thing is he takes responsibility for his actions, and it's not going to cost us."

Rolle was arrested and charged with assault after an altercation with his wife at the couple's former home in Brentwood, Tenn., in February. The former Pro Bowl cornerback was released by the Tennessee Titans a week later before signing a six-year deal with the Ravens.

"Just to put this whole ordeal behind my family and organization and just move on," Rolle said. "I'm thankful I'm able to play. The Ravens have supported me and my wife and my family from Day One, and it's time to move forward."

Rolle agreed to probation and anger management counseling in April to the settle charges.

Men in black

For the second time in team history, the Ravens will wear all-black uniforms Sunday night. The team won its only previous game, also a night home game, against the Cleveland Browns wearing black.

"Guys love it, and it's a good night to pull them out," Billick said. "We only get to do that twice [a year], so this looks like a good night to do it."

Injury report

Backup left tackle Adam Terry practiced lightly yesterday and is the only injury concern heading into the game. Terry sprained his ankle during Thursday's preseason finale win over the Washington Redskins.

Receiver Devard Darling also has a mild quadriceps injury that is not believed to be serious.

"With the exception of Adam Terry, who is actually moving around pretty good with the ankle, we've got 52 guys that are healthy and fresh," Billick said.

Extra points

The Ravens signed linebacker Mike Smith, cornerbacks Zach Norton and Jamaine Winborne, tackle Dante Ellington, guard Phil Hawkins, running back Alex Haynes, defensive lineman Darrell Lee and receiver Cole Manger to the practice squad. ... Linebacker Ray Lewis and owner Steve Bisciotti will purchase helmets for 18 Baltimore City public high school football teams.

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