Boller out against Steelers

Ravens

October 30, 2005|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller was downgraded from doubtful to out after not practicing yesterday.

He will not dress as the team's third quarterback tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, raising some doubt whether he will be available to start next Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Boller will miss his sixth straight game after suffering a hyperextended toe and a sprained ankle in the season opener. Returning to practice for the first time last week, he worked as the scout team quarterback Thursday and Friday.

"We'll see how it progresses," coach Brian Billick said. "The key is how he feels going into next week. There was some soreness there. So, we're going to have to deal with that and see exactly what that means."

In other injury news, defensive end Tony Weaver was downgraded from questionable to doubtful, which will sideline him for the fourth consecutive game with a toe injury. Receiver Mark Clayton remains questionable with an ankle injury but did practice.

Billick said the Ravens are "hoping" safety Ed Reed (ankle) could return next week and reiterated that linebacker Ray Lewis (hamstring) likely will be out four weeks.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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