Suggs misses practice

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Linebacker sits out 3rd straight day

J. Johnson could start in place

November 12, 2005|By BRENT JONES | BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER

Linebacker Terrell Suggs missed practice for the third straight day, leaving Ravens coach Brian Billick unsure whether his best pass rusher will be able to play tomorrow against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Suggs has not missed a game in his three-year career but could be the closest he has ever been to doing so after suffering a thigh injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Suggs was out only a few snaps in that game, but the thigh, which was heavily wrapped yesterday, tightened on him afterward.

If Suggs misses the game, Jarret Johnson would start in his place. Johnson has started the past five games for Tony Weaver, who is coming off a toe injury. With Weaver sufficiently healed, the Ravens should be better able to handle the potential loss of Suggs.

"We'll mix and match as best we can," Billick said. "I'll find 45 [players] that can go. We'll deal with it the way we have to. Fortunately, Anthony is one who should be able to go more than he did last week on that toe."

Suggs was more optimistic he would be able to play. Asked what the deciding factor will be tomorrow morning, Suggs quipped: "Whether I wake up. I think that is going to be the biggest factor. So if I go to bed Saturday night and don't wake up, then I won't play. But if I go to bed and wake up, then I'm going to play."

Suggs has 44 tackles, two sacks and an interception this season.

The Ravens also downgraded Dale Carter from questionable to doubtful with a thigh injury and declared B.J. Ward (thigh) out for the game. Their absences would mean nickel back Deion Sanders would be the top backup at safety.

Wright looks back

As quarterback Anthony Wright prepares to stand on the sideline, he will do so disappointed about his record as a starter but not regretful over how he played.

Wright went 2-5 in his seven starts, managing the games well when the Ravens won and failing to make enough plays in losses. Wright hurt his ankle and had to come out briefly against the Bengals, but he was able to return and will be the backup to Kyle Boller against Jacksonville.

"I'm dealing with it the best I can," Wright said. "I understand that Kyle is going to play, and they have to evaluate Kyle. We're in a situation where that can be done. I just have to be prepared and ready in case I have to go back in.

"I tried to do the things that were asked of me. We didn't get the kind of wins that we wanted, but I tried to play consistent."

Injury update

Although Ed Reed's injured ankle was placed back into a walking boot this week, Billick is hopeful he will have his play-making safety, along with linebacker Ray Lewis (thigh), return before the end of the season.

Reed has missed the past three games, Lewis the past two. Neither will play against Jacksonville. There was a concern the injuries, especially Reed's, might keep the players out longer than projected. High ankle sprains similar to the one Reed has generally keep a player out a minimum of four games.

Lewis, meanwhile, is still projected to return Dec. 4 against the Houston Texans.

Asked earlier this week if there is a chance either player could be placed on injured reserve, Billick said: "I don't think so. I have not been told by anybody that there is that possibility."

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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