Rolle to miss another game with illness

The Baltimore Sun

Although Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister returned to practice yesterday, fellow starter Samari Rolle has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rolle, who had played in weeks 6 and 7 before the team's bye, missed Monday night's 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a reoccurrence of an undisclosed illness that forced him to miss three consecutive games earlier this season.

Asked whether Rolle might not play again this season, coach Brian Billick said: "I don't know that. That's really not for me to answer. That's for the doctors to see if they can get this thing under control."

McAlister, who has missed two straight games with a strained right knee, was limited in practice yesterday. Free safety Ed Reed (head and neck) also was limited. Billick said the three-time Pro Bowl pick was sensitive to light and watched a good portion of practice from the sideline.

Other players who were limited yesterday included tight end Todd Heap (strained hamstring), return specialist Yamon Figurs (sprained knee), cornerback David Pittman (concussion), safety Gerome Sapp (thigh) and linebacker Prescott Burgess (bruised quadriceps).

Heap has missed three of the past four games, but Billick said his return looks promising.

"Todd moved around pretty good today," the coach said. "Again, it's how does he feel the rest of the week?"

Running back Willis McGahee (concussion) and safety Jamaine Winborne (ankle) took part fully in practice.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs (knee) and tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained toe) did not practice. But Suggs, who has not missed a game in his first four seasons with the Ravens, said the injury won't keep him out of Sunday's game.

"Just a little dinged up," said Suggs. "I'll be all right."

Home, sweet home

The Ravens are looking forward to some home cooking.

The team is 11-4 against AFC North opponents at M&T; Bank Stadium and has won four consecutive home games against divisional foes. The Ravens are 6-2 at home against the Bengals, who defeated the Ravens, 27-20, in the season opener in Cincinnati.

"Payback," Suggs said. "I think it's a Japanese proverb when they say, 'Revenge is a dish best served cold.' I think we play our best when we're at M&T; Bank."

Billick said both teams - who are a combined 6-10 - are hungry for a victory.

"That makes us both dangerous," he said.

End zone

Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman (aka Dr. Z) tabbed Jason Brown on Tuesday as his sleeper at guard for his midseason All-Pro team. Said Brown: "Really? I thank him for it, but I don't pay that much attention to the hype and stuff like that. I'm still a young buck, and I feel as though I still have a lot to learn." ... The team re-signed rookie linebacker Edgar Jones after releasing him Monday. "I knew we had some injuries, but I didn't think I'd get waived," Jones said. "The thing I was worried about was getting picked up somewhere else because then I'd have to meet new people and go to a new organization. So I was nervous." To make room for Jones on the active roster, the team waived tight end Lee Vickers.

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