Suggs questionable for Chargers game

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Defensive end has not missed a game in 4-year NFL career

Jarret Johnson would replace him if streak ends

September 28, 2006|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun Reporter

Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs did not dress for yesterday's practice and was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury for Sunday's game against the undefeated San Diego Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium.

His status comes as a surprise because Suggs had said Monday that "we're probably making a big deal over nothing" when asked about his injury. He injured his right leg during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 15-14 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Suggs, who wasn't available to comment yesterday, has played in all 51 games since being selected as the 10th overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Also listed as questionable are linebacker Bart Scott (foot), tight end Todd Heap (ankle), left guard Edwin Mulitalo (arm) and wide receiver Demetrius Williams (arm).

The Chargers' top-ranked defense got a lift when defensive end Igor Olshansky returned from a sprained left knee suffered in the season opener against the Oakland Raiders and practiced Tuesday.

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell (hamstring), left guard Kris Dielman (hamstring), offensive tackle Leander Jordan (shoulder) and tight end Ryan Krause (hamstring) are questionable. Free safety Bhawoh Jue (knee) is out.

Waiting in wings

If Suggs can't play, Jarret Johnson likely would start in his place. Another player who could see time is Dan Cody.

Cody, the team's second-round choice in the 2005 draft, has been deactivated for all three games this season, a trend that surprised Cody.

"It was frustrating early on just because you do the things that you're told to do and coached to do and it doesn't turn out the way it's supposed to," Cody said. "But I've been able to work against the [starters] constantly. So, if anything, that's helped keep me fresh, and I'm always working on my fundamentals."

Coach Brian Billick said Cody could be a contributor if Suggs can't play Sunday. "This would be a prime time for Dan to get up," Billick said. "We'll see how that progresses."

Kiel's status uncertain

Chargers officials have been tight-lipped about the availability Sunday of starting strong safety Terrence Kiel. Yesterday he admitted shipping at least two parcels of prescription cough syrup to Texas, Drug Enforcement Administration officials said, a day after Kiel was arrested at team headquarters.

"We're aware of an off-field situation involving Terrence Kiel and we're monitoring the situation," team spokesman Bill Johnston said in a statement. "Due to the personal nature of the ongoing legal investigation, the Chargers are withholding further comment until the matter is resolved legally."

Kiel, who is tied for fourth on the team in tackles with nine, is the third Chargers player to run afoul of the law since April. Linebacker Steve Foley is sidelined for the season after he was shot by an off-duty San Diego-area police officer Sept. 3. In separate incidents in April, Foley and linebacker Shaun Phillips were arrested for their involvement in physical altercations with San Diego police officers.

Scott top defender

Scott was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month and kicker Matt Stover was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. Scott is tied for the NFL lead with five sacks and Stover is 9-for-9 on field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 52-yarder Sunday.

Et cetera

Special teams coordinator Frank Gansz Jr. began yesterday's practice with a little motivation. "We're 3-0 and underdogs at home," Gansz bellowed to the players. "They don't believe." ... A victory Sunday would give the Ravens their sixth consecutive victory at home, a streak that began when they edged the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-13, in overtime on Nov. 20. The franchise record of eight straight home wins was set between 2000 and 2001.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Jamison Hensley and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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