McGahee's eye injury casts doubt for Monday

The Baltimore Sun

Willis McGahee's eye remains swollen, which limited the Ravens running back in practice yesterday and raised questions about his availability for Monday night's game in Pittsburgh.

"It still looks pretty bad to me," coach John Harbaugh said of McGahee, who walked through the locker room wearing sunglasses. "As long as he can see, he'll play. But if he can't, he's not going to be able to play. So, we'll have to try to get that swelling down."

In his first game since returning from a knee injury, McGahee was limited in the second half Sunday after suffering a laceration on his right eyelid. The cut drew blood, forcing him to the sideline a couple of times for treatment.

Believing McGahee was hurt intentionally by the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens have submitted the tape to the NFL for review. The league could levy fines if there is evidence that the Browns purposely hurt McGahee.

"We asked them for their opinion on what happened," Harbaugh said. "We're waiting to hear back on it."

Ravens running back Le'Ron McClain was also limited with back and ankle injuries.

Not threatened

The last time the Ravens were at Heinz Field, linebacker Bart Scott threatened to "kill" Hines Ward after the Steelers wide receiver leveled Scott with a block.

Ward, who didn't play in last season's finale in Baltimore, isn't worried about his first on-field meeting with Scott since the incident.

"I'm pretty sure if I see Bart out in the street, outside of football, he's not going to kill me," Ward said in a conference call with Baltimore reporters yesterday.

Scott is expected to speak to reporters today.

T. Smith practices

Reserve quarterback Troy Smith practiced for the first time since coming down with tonsillitis Aug. 22.

The 2006 Heisman Trophy winner was able to take turns running the scout team after he had regained 10 of the 20 pounds he lost because of the illness.

It's unknown when Smith will suit up for a game.

"I'm just playing it by ear," Smith said. "My body will let me know when I'm ready."

End zone

At cornerback, starter Samari Rolle (shoulder) was limited in practice, while nickel back Fabian Washington (neck) participated fully. Rolle considers himself day-to-day. "It feels better," he said. "We'll see how it goes." ... The NFL took away a team sack from the Ravens - the one on which Browns quarterback Derek Anderson tripped and running back Jamal Lewis fell on him. The Ravens have six sacks this season. ... Next week's game marks the Ravens' only appearance on Monday Night Football this season.

Baltimore Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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