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Billick's news conference

Coach Brian Billick addressed the media the day after the Ravens edged the Arizona Cardinals, 26-23, on Matt Stover's game-winning 46-yard field goal as time expired.

As expected, much ado was made about the decision to pull starter Steve McNair in favor of backup Kyle Boller in the fourth quarter. Unlike yesterday, Billick revealed that McNair had "tweaked" the sore groin that he injured in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Billick anticipated that McNair's groin would get stronger this week but made it clear that he would have no reservations pulling McNair for Boller again. Other notes:

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• With the exception of offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (hyperextended toe and sprained foot) and defensive end Trevor Pryce (broken wrist), the team is fairly healthy. Tight end Todd Heap suffered a mild concussion but is expected to play this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, and the same can be said for cornerback Samari Rolle (illness).

• Despite the promising play of the offensive line, Billick said he had no regrets about Ogden trying to play in the season opener. Billick said the coaches adhered to a plan coordinated with Ogden and the medical staff.

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• Billick agreed with the official's decision to flag Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Heap on the final possession of the game. Pointing out that the Ravens would have to accept the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on wide receiver Devard Darling for jumping into the stands after Yamon Figurs' 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, Billick said the penalty on Wilson was justified.

• Billick lauded the play of Browns quarterback Derek Anderson but didn't go so far as to admit making a mistake in waiving the former Raven at the end of training camp in 2005. "We thought we'd get him on the developmental squad," Billick said. "But you make those decisions. It's tough. ... We'd love to have him here, but you can't keep them all."

• Quote of the conference: "I'm still here because Matt Stover's here."


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