After practice, Boller likely will be 3rd QB

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Ravens

October 28, 2005|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

Kyle Boller took another step to returning as the Ravens' starting quarterback yesterday, participating in his first full practice since hyperextending his right big toe in the season opener.

He likely will dress as the team's No. 3 quarterback Monday night if he has no setbacks running the scout team this week. It is believed that Boller could take over for Anthony Wright as soon as the Nov. 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"We'll see how the week goes, but we're very confident that he has turned that corner," coach Brian Billick said. "If he gets through the week healthy with no aggravation and recurring pain, then we'll look forward to that point. That's the challenge, and it looks like he's up to it."

Boller said he was able to put pressure on his plant foot in his drop-backs and didn't have trouble throwing the ball.

"I feel like it's definitely made improvements," Boller said.

Asked if he could play by next week, he said: "There's a good chance. But I want to say that every week."

Suggs: `I'm not a bad boy'

A few days after Billick called Terrell Suggs "a marked man" by officials, the pass rusher was trying to avoid getting labeled by the media.

In the past three games, Suggs has been penalized twice for roughing the passer and was ejected for bumping into an official.

"I'm not the Ron Artest of football," said Suggs, referring to the ill-tempered Indiana Pacers basketball player. "Don't you dare try to categorize me like that. I'm not a bad boy, nothing like that."

Stover still kicking

When the pressure heightened for Matt Stover, the Ravens kicker just had to lighten up.

Since missing three field goals in the season opener, Stover has converted on nine straight, connecting on three from 40 yards or longer. He has scored the Ravens' past 15 points.

"You would think this job would be easy by now, but it's not," Stover said. "Sixteen years in this league, there's always lessons to learn. You can't hit the ball too hard. You've got to have your stroke going just right. I had to make an adjustment real quick - that's just to hit the ball easier."

It was him, officer!

Billick put his own lighthearted spin on a man who the Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., reported was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail for pretending to be Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Brian Jackson, who was also fined $300, pretended to be Roethlisberger to two women so he could date them.

"I think it was Ben personally," Billick said. "They're just hiding him. I think they ought to put Ben in jail. I think [Steelers receiver] Hines Ward was with him."

End zone

There were no changes to the Ravens' injury report. Receiver Mark Clayton (questionable, ankle) and fullback Ovie Mughelli (questionable, ankle) practiced but did not participate in every drill. Defensive end Tony Weaver (questionable, toe) did not practice. ...

The Ravens returned to practice yesterday after having two days off. The Steelers, meanwhile, began their preparations for Monday's game by practicing Wednesday. ...

The Ravens have three former Steelers quarterbacks on the team: Wright, backup Kordell Stewart and Brian St. Pierre, a practice-squad player who was Pittsburgh's No. 3 quarterback the past two years. Asked if the team can gain any insight from St. Pierre, Billick said: "He can add a perspective to it, but we've played these guys for a long time. We know what they're about. They know what we're about."

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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