Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy could be released from a Pittsburgh hospital as early as today, but what he does after that is a mystery.
Ivy, whose kidney tear suffered in the Ravens' 13-3 loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday night forced team officials to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh early Tuesday morning, is feeling better, according to coach Brian Billick. Team spokesman Kevin Byrne said Ivy, 29, could be released from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital as early as today.
But whether the 5-foot-9, 188-pound nickel back and special-teams standout can return to the field is another matter.
Although Ivy might recover and be able to play in a few weeks, Billick acknowledged that another scenario might involve sidelining Ivy for the remainder of the season.
"There's potential either way. And both scenarios have been laid out to me and [general manager] Ozzie [Newsome]," Billick said. "Right now, we're in a position where we don't have to make any movement. We'll see what type of prognosis they have when he gets back, but the prognosis today was encouraging but not definitive."
If Ivy cannot play again this season, his role would likely be filled by second-year cornerback Evan Oglesby, who received extended game time when cornerback Samari Rolle sprained his foot during the Ravens' 28-6 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 17.
Rookie Ronnie Prude, who is tied for second on the team with one interception, also could contribute.
Ivy was listed as out for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, but Billick said the team was encouraged by reports of Ivy's improving condition.
"He's feeling very well," Billick said. "I don't know exactly when he's due home. He's very anxious to get home, and so far with every report, we're more and more encouraged. But again, we'll have to wait and see."
Four Ravens starters are listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Linebacker Terrell Suggs (thigh), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee/chest), tight end Todd Heap (ankle/leg) and fullback Justin Green (thigh) missed a portion of yesterday's practice. Linebacker Mike Smith (concussion) is also questionable.
Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan (head) and running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle) will miss the game. Center Justin Hartwig (groin), running back Brad Hoover (thigh) and safety Shaun Williams (foot) are questionable, and running back Nick Goings (thigh) and safety Kevin McCadam (knee) are probable.
Back at you
Several Ravens players on defense took umbrage with comments made by a couple of Denver Broncos after the Ravens' 13-3 loss Monday night.
Running back Tatum Bell and wide receiver Javon Walker seemed to question the accolades the Ravens' defense had been collecting. Bell said, "We built them up and gave them the respect, but they haven't played anyone yet."
Said Ravens linebacker Bart Scott: "Who cares? He lucked up and got some yards on us. Overrated? They had 210 yards of offense [actually, 222]. What did they do? They had 6 yards passing before the half. Who cares what he thinks? Who is he?"
Added linebacker Terrell Suggs: "We'll see him again. Make sure you print that."
Thumbs up for Brown
Left guard Jason Brown received passing marks from offensive line coach Chris Foerster for his work Monday night.
Brown, who was making his second career start in place of Edwin Mulitalo (torn right triceps), drew mostly favorable reviews from Foerster.
"Jason had a solid game," Foerster said. "Early on, he had a few things that could've been better, but once he got out there for a few series, he settled down and played very well for the rest of the game. He had a solid first start."