Patient Anderson might get to rush

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

With Musa Smith doubtful Sunday, running back's plays could increase

Ravens & Nfl

December 08, 2006|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

With third-down running back Musa Smith doubtful for Sunday's game with a neck injury, Mike Anderson could get his most action of the season.

Anderson, who has 29 carries and five catches this season, is on pace for the fewest touches in his seven-year career. The Denver Broncos' leading rusher last season, he was expected to have more of an impact for the Ravens after signing a four-year, $8 million contract (including a $2 million signing bonus) in March.

"Most of the guys that play in the league can't dictate their situations and opportunities," Anderson said. "The best thing you can do as a player is be prepared when it comes and then make the most of it."

Anderson has been a consummate team player since he joined the Ravens, never complaining about his lack of playing time. He hasn't had a carry in two of the past three games.

"You always get excited as a player when you get some action," Anderson said. "But to me, it's all about the game and the opportunity for this team to take another step forward."

Braving the weather

Coach Brian Billick didn't bust out any speakers to get his players ready for noisy Arrowhead Stadium, but he did make them practice in windy conditions the past two days to get them ready for the Kansas City chill.

The gusts at Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills were between 15 to 20 mph. "It's what you could play in, so you deal with it," Billick said.

The forecast for Kansas City on Sunday is 40 degrees with a few showers.

Just for kicks

A first-round bye isn't the only goal that the Ravens have been shooting for.

Defensive end Trevor Pryce, who can be seen dribbling a soccer ball around the team complex on a daily basis, said his teammates recently set up a makeshift goal in the locker room and everyone lined up to take a shot at it.

"That's the part I like about here. There's more to life than winning and losing football games," said Pryce, a valuable free-agent addition from the Broncos. "Nobody wants to be in that situation where how you feel about yourself depends on a football game. I know a lot of places like that. The place I just came from is like that."

End zone

Backup cornerback Ronnie Prude (probable, illness) was the only addition to the Ravens' injury report. ... The Ravens have received increased attention in the national media, recently making the covers of Sports Illustrated (Ray Lewis), The Sporting News (Lewis and Steve McNair) and ESPN The Magazine (Adalius Thomas).

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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