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Bengals 21 Ravens 9

November 07, 2005|By BRENT JONES | BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER

WEAVER RETURNS

Ravens defensive end Tony Weaver returned to the lineup after missing four games. He played much of the second half after minor injuries to Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson left the Ravens short-handed.

Weaver, who had been sidelined with a toe injury, came off the bench and finished with one tackle.

"I played more in the second half than I did in the first," Weaver said. "It's just one of those things like a high-ankle sprain. You have to gauge where you are at. I was able to go out there and contribute, but I've got to do more. We've all got to do more."

THOMAS: NO EXCUSE

The Ravens' Monday night loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers seemed to take a lot out of the team emotionally and physically, but linebacker Adalius Thomas, who had his finest game of the season yesterday, was not allowing that to be an excuse.

After the Steelers loss, Ravens coach Brian Billick gave the team two days off, leaving the players with one lost day in preparation for the Bengals.

"That has nothing to do with it," said Thomas, who had a jarring sack of Carson Palmer and also forced two fumbles. "I won't sit here and make excuses for that. That's cowardly. We tip our hats to Cincinnati. They came in and beat us fair and square."

TOUCHDOWN OVERTURNED

Officials took a touchdown away from the Bengals in the third quarter after a replay review.

The play, a 34-yard pass from quarterback Carson Palmer to wide receiver Chris Henry, was first ruled a touchdown.

But the Ravens challenged the call and officials decided Henry was bobbling the ball as he approached the back of the end zone and only had one foot inbounds as he put the ball away.

The drive ended when Cincinnati missed a 48-yard field-goal try.

SCOTT TRIES TO MAKE AMENDS

Although Bart Scott was hit with two penalties that kept Cincinnati's first touchdown drive alive, the linebacker came close to making amends for those mistakes with a near-game-changing play early in the fourth quarter.

Scott nailed Bengals return specialist Tab Perry after a kickoff, forcing a fumble at the 16-yard line that rolled back 7 yards. Perry, though, was able to free himself from Scott and beat everyone to the ball. The Bengals went on a 12-play, 91-yard drive that ended in a touchdown and a 21-9 lead.

"I realized I caused it, but I didn't get a chance to get my arms around him, and he ended up recovering his own fumble," Scott said. "I wish I could have gotten my hands on him. I had somebody at my feet. It could have changed the game dramatically. I made the play but I didn't finish the play."

NEXT OPPONENT: APATHY?

With the Ravens at 2-6, the situation is similar to last season for receiver Derrick Mason, who was on a Tennessee Titans team that started its season 3-5.

Asked how he and his new teammates plan to keep from packing it in the rest of the season, Mason said, "That's up to that individual.

"If you're a professional, then you're going to continue to work. If you're just out here for a paycheck, then you're going to quit, plain and simple. I recognize that all these guys are professionals, so I don't expect any of these guys to throw in the towel. But the true professionalism will show now."

J. LEWIS WON'T RUN HIS MOUTH

Jamal Lewis was peppered with questions about the Ravens' red-zone offense, but the running back made little effort to answer them.

Lewis finished with 49 yards on 15 carries. Ten of those yards came on three carries inside the Bengals' 20-yard line, but none came close to scoring a touchdown.

"It seems like my answer is always the wrong answer, so it's best for me not to answer at all," Lewis said.

End zone

Ravens receiver Mark Clayton returned after missing two games with a high-ankle sprain, but did not have a catch. ... Cornerback Dale Carter strained his hamstring in the first half and did not return. Safety B.J. Ward hurt a groin muscle in the first half and did not return. End Jarret Johnson suffered a bone bruise late in the game. ... Receiver Derrick Mason made his 500th career catch. Mason led the Ravens with five catches for 60 yards and now has 502 receiving yards this season. ... Tight end Todd Heap passed Travis Taylor for most receptions in Ravens history. Heap has 205, one more than Taylor. ... The Bengals' 14 second-quarter points were two more than the Ravens had given up in that quarter all season. ... Matt Stover's three field goals gave him 57 in his career against Cincinnati, the most he has against any opponent. ... Kyle Boller, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Jason Brown, Adam Terry, Devard Darling, Terry Jones and Clarence Moore were the inactive players.

Sun staff writer Bill Ordine contributed to this article.

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