Boller could need surgery

Ravens QB to get second opinion today for hyperextended big toe

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Week Two

Ravens Gameday

September 19, 2005|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,sun reporter

NASHVILLE, TENN. -- Quarterback Kyle Boller could be facing surgery on his hyperextended right big toe.

Boller, who stood on the sideline yesterday still wearing a protective boot, is scheduled to see a specialist in North Carolina today for a second opinion.

Ravens coach Brian Billick said last week that the team was "optimistic" that Boller would be available for the game against the New York Jets on Oct. 2 but then couched the prognosis by indicating his three-year starter could be out as long as two months.

Ravens officials had never mentioned the possibility of surgery, describing his ligament damage as "minimal." The news that Boller might need toe surgery was first reported on Comcast SportsNet.

"He's been told that there's a possibility of surgery since the injury happened," Billick said. "There was always that possibility. I don't know if it's any more viable now than it was before."

Asked if there is a possibility that Boller's injury could be season-ending, Billick said, "It was the minute it happened. The initial prognosis is good. They're continuing the re-analysis of what it is and to make sure we got it right. Then, we'll make a determination."

Boller declined to talk about the prospects of surgery.

"I don't know anything with my foot yet," he said.

He was equally unsure whether he would be ready for the game against the Jets, which follows this week's bye.

"Right now, I have no idea," Boller said. "I'm taking it day to day and trying to get my toe healthy. I'm going to do whatever the doctors tell me. If I do that, hopefully, I'll be out there very soon."

Boller was injured when he was sacked late in the third quarter of the Ravens' season opener against Indianapolis. His right foot got caught under 295-pound defensive tackle Larry Tripplett, and his big toe was pushed all the way back.

After the Ravens' 25-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans yesterday, Boller said it was difficult to watch his first missed game since the end of the 2003 season.

"You go from being out there all the time to not being there," he said. "It's tough, it's frustrating. All we can do is get better, that's the main thing. We'll watch the tape, correct the mistakes and move forward."

Sun reporters Brent Jones and David Steele contributed to this article.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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