Ivy could return to play this year

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Cornerback progressing after kidney tear

October 27, 2006|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN REPORTER

Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy is expected to return sometime this season, coach Brian Billick said yesterday.

Ivy, the Ravens' nickel back, suffered a kidney tear in an Oct. 9 loss at Denver, an injury that forced team officials to make an unscheduled landing in Pittsburgh so he could go to a hospital for treatment.

Ivy has since returned to the Ravens' training headquarters but has yet to practice.

"Corey's progressing very well," Billick said. "I think we're not far off from Corey being able to get back with us. Right now, there's no need to contemplate or discuss whether we should [place him on injured reserve] or not."

Backing Merriman

Linebacker Ray Lewis predicts San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman will persevere through his troubles after violating the NFL's steroid policy. Lewis has become close friends with Merriman, talking to him three or four times a week.

"It's a bad situation for a great guy who has always been a fiery guy, who has always loved to play this game one way, and that's full speed," Lewis said. "He's destined to do some great things in this league once he gets past this little whatever-he's-going-through right now.

"He told me he took whatever, but at the same time, don't try to explain it to everybody. Deal with what you've got to deal with, be a man, get it over with and come back and play football."

End zone

Strong safety Dawan Landry practiced yesterday but remains questionable with a sprained right knee. "He's moving around pretty good," Billick said. ... Punter Sam Koch (illness) was added to the injury report as probable. ... The Ravens have practiced the past two days in their indoor facility to prepare for the Superdome. "We could have gone out today but [we're] getting used to the surface, the lights and the feel of it," Billick said.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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