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The results of the fan voting in the highly unscientific "Who should start? McNair or Boller" poll are in -- and to be honest, they're a little surprising.

Now, if you go back and read the item that was part of the poll yesterday, you'll see that we're not really trying to stir the pot here, not yet anyway. We were reflecting on Steve McNair's groin injury and voicing some concern about him aggravating it against the Jets. We were also reflecting on how we thought the Steelers mishandled Ben Roethlisberger a year ago and rushed him back into the lineup after his assorted physical problems (motorcycle accident, appendicitis) with disastrous results when Pittsburgh had a capable backup in Charlie Batch.

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So we wondered that since the Ravens are playing at home against the Jets after a short week, and New York's own starting quarterback, Chad Pennington, has a banged-up ankle, well, maybe the prudent thing might be to play Kyle Boller and allow McNair to heal a little more.

Well, here are the results. With more than 1,000 votes cast, the fans said to start Boller by nearly a 4-to-1 margin. Wow! It was 803 votes for Boller (79.3 percent) to 210 for McNair (20.7 percent). I didn't see the TV show last night but someone connected with Fox's The Best Damn Sports Show e-mailed me to say that the poll was mentioned to guest Ray Lewis and he was astounded by the results.

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Sun beat reporter Jamison Hensley says that Boller has been running the first-team offense in practice.

Photo credit: Jed Kirschbaum/Baltimore Sun

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