Terry feels better but won't start

Ravens Notebook

Offensive tackle's left ankle still healing

McAlister, Heap miss practice, listed as questionable

Pro football

December 01, 2007|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun reporter

Despite a much-improved left ankle, offensive tackle Adam Terry will remain a reserve for the Ravens' Monday night game against the undefeated New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium.

Terry, who had been projected as the team's starting right tackle after the free-agent departure of Tony Pashos to the Jacksonville Jaguars, will continue to back up left tackle Jonathan Ogden and right tackle Marshal Yanda.

Much of the reasoning behind the team's decision to sit Terry in place of Yanda for last Sunday's 32-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers was based on Terry's sprained ankle, which he initially injured against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 7 and hurt again against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 18.

"It's coming along," Terry said Thursday. "Last week was what it was, and they made the game-time decision for me not to play. Marshal was starting and he did a [good] job, and he's going to continue to do that and hopefully, I can work back into the lineup."

Terry has started four games each at left and right tackle and will be a key reserve in light of rookie Jared Gaither missing his second consecutive practice yesterday because of illness.

"I'll be ready," Terry said. "It was good to have some rest. I still practiced last week and prepared like I would normally prepare, and I'm doing the same thing this week. It's really up to the coaches [to determine] if I get in the game at all."

Injury statuses

After practicing Thursday, cornerback Chris McAlister (strained knee) and tight end Todd Heap (strained hamstring) did not practice yesterday and are questionable for Monday night.

"Working through it," coach Brian Billick said of both players. "We'll see."

Safety Gerome Sapp (hamstring), who was limited in practice, is also listed as questionable by the Ravens.

Running back Willis McGahee (ankle), linebackers Jarret Johnson (fractured thumb) and Gary Stills (knee), and tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained toe) practiced and are probable.

Gaither and defensive tackle Justin Bannan (sprained ankle), who was limited in practice, are also probable.

Wide receiver Derrick Mason was not at the portion of practice that was open to the media, but he is not listed on the team's injury report.

Neuheisel contacted

Offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel confirmed yesterday that he has been contacted indirectly by at least one major college program looking to fill its head coaching spot.

Neuheisel, whose Colorado and Washington teams had a 66-30 record in eight seasons, has been mentioned as a candidate at his alma mater, UCLA, where Karl Dorrell reportedly might lose his job, and Georgia Tech, which recently fired Chan Gailey.

Neuheisel wouldn't offer any specifics about which school reached out to him. Indirect contact is used by athletic directors, through mutual friends, to gauge the interest of coaches who might turn into candidates.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Don Markus contributed to this article.

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