Friday, December 21, 2007
Rolle goes on IR as key injuries continue to hinder Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens, mired in a record
eight-game losing streak, will limp into Sunday's game against the
Seattle Seahawks without several key players.
Coach Brian Billick said middle linebacker Ray Lewis was
unlikely to play because of a dislocated finger on his left hand.
Tight end Todd Heap is also expected to miss the game, and
cornerback Samari Rolle was placed on injured reserve with a
shoulder injury, ending his season.
Lewis injured his finger during the second half of the Ravens'
22-16 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins, an injury that split the
knuckle and required stitches. Nick Greisen, who has played for the
New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars, will start in Lewis'
"It's not looking good," Billick said Friday after Lewis
missed his third day of practice.
Heap has missed eight of the past 10 games with a strained
hamstring. If he can't go, he'll be replaced by Daniel Wilcox and
Rolle had missed the past two games and will be replaced by
rookie cornerback Willie Gaston in an ailing defensive backfield.
Corey Ivy is already filling in for starting cornerback Chris McAlister, who is on injured reserve with a strained knee.