Chat with Fuller calms Suggs

The night before the Ravens' season opener at Pittsburgh against the Steelers, Corey Fuller had a little talk with Terrell Suggs.

It was advice from a nine-year veteran to a highly touted rookie.


"He said, 'It's no pressure on you. Just go out there and play football. You got here for a reason,' " Suggs said. "It calmed me down, took a lot of pressure off me, and I just played," Suggs said.

If Suggs is superstitious, he may want to talk to Fuller tonight before the Ravens play the Cleveland Browns in the home opener tomorrow at M&T; Bank Stadium.


Suggs recorded his first sack, (preseason included), showing the power and speed that made him the draft's 10th overall pick. He brought down Pittsburgh quarterback Tommy Maddox for a 7-yard loss on a third-and-six in the first quarter, which forced the Steelers to try a longer field goal and go up 6-0. He bull-rushed the right tackle before shedding the block and flying around the corner at Maddox.

"It felt good, but it came and went," Suggs said. "We were losing at the time, and I look at it as the team needed a big play, and I made it regardless of if it was a sack or not. But I want to get one when we win."

Cleveland quarterback Kelly Holcomb has about as much mobility as Maddox - which is not a lot - so the Ravens will have their chances against the veteran.

Holcomb was not sacked last week in the Browns' 9-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but he threw two interceptions.

"We all have to bring the heat, not just myself but me, Pete [Boulware], Adalius [Thomas] and Anthony Weaver, we all have to show up so our secondary won't be back there covering forever," Suggs said. "We just have to do what we do best."

Burglary reaction

As news spread about the burglaries of four players' homes, the Ravens responded yesterday.

The homes of Weaver, running back Chester Taylor, tight end Terry Jones and safety Will Demps were broken into over the past couple of months.


"I feel like how anybody would feel," Weaver said. "You feel violated to a certain extent knowing somebody has been in your house. But anybody can go through this."

Said Ravens coach Brian Billick: "It's an easy target, so to speak, because you know where everybody is. We have to count on the officials, we have to count on neighbors who know there is some vulnerability there to help us out. I think it is a gutless thing to do, and it's a pathetic human being who has to do it."

Injury recall

The last time Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was on the field with the Browns, he experienced the biggest setback of his career.

Lewis originally injured his shoulder in Week 4 last season at Cleveland late in the third quarter. He missed 11 games in all and had successful shoulder surgery late in the season.

"You try and fast-forward past the play that I got hurt," Lewis said. "But you really can't. ... Cleveland made a great run after I went out last year, and even made a great run last year in Baltimore to come back and win in the fourth quarter. So hopefully myself or somebody on my team can make sure that doesn't happen again."


Injury report

Musa Smith (knee) did not practice yesterday and will not play in tomorrow's game. The Ravens expect Frank Sanders (foot, questionable), Fuller (thigh, questionable) and Alvin Porter (groin, questionable) to be able to play tomorrow. All practiced yesterday. "They are ready to go, and the rotation will depend on what they do," Billick said.

Ex-coaches on hand

Former NFL coaches Buddy Ryan and Dick Nolan were guests at practice. Ryan is the father of Ravens defensive line coach Rex Ryan, and Nolan is the father of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

"They were way too many head coaches out there," Billick said. "Art has got me worried now. He's got my replacements lined up."

Return of Salave'a


After missing the opener, Joe Salave'a returned to the team Monday and could play in the defensive line rotation against the Browns.

Salave'a was one of the final cuts of the preseason, but he said he knew the team would bring him back at some point.

Next for Ravens

Matchup:Cleveland Browns (0-1) vs. Ravens (0-1)

Site:M&T; Bank Stadium

When:Tomorrow, 1 p.m.


TV/Radio:Ch. 13/WJFK (1300 AM), WQSR (102.7 FM)

Line:Ravens by 2 1/2