Ravens QB's return may be delayed

By wire services
Published October 30, 2005

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller was downgraded from doubtful to out after not practicing Saturday.

He will not dress as the team's third quarterback Monday night in Pittsburgh, putting some doubt whether he will be available to start Nov. 6 against the Bengals.

Boller will miss his sixth straight game after sustaining a hyperextended toe and a sprained ankle in the season opener. Returning to practice for the first time last week, he worked as the scout team quarterback Thursday and Friday.

"We'll see how it progresses," coach Brian Billick said. "The key is how he feels going into next week. There was some soreness there. So, we're going to have to deal with that and see exactly what that means."

In other injury news, defensive end Tony Weaver was downgraded from questionable to doubtful, which will sideline him for the fourth straight game with a toe injury. Receiver Mark Clayton remains questionable with an ankle injury but did practice.

BENGALS: The team is facing the possibility that starting free safety Madieu Williams, who last week had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, is out for the season, ESPN.com reported. Cincinnati, contending for its first division title since 1990, would be without both starting safeties from a year ago. Kim Herring injured a shoulder in the preseason and went on injured reserve. Williams likely hurt his labrum during a noncontact drill Sept. 30.

BILLS: Right tackle Mike Williams was updated from questionable to probable and is expected to play tonight against the Patriots. Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft, has been nursing a left ankle injury he aggravated in a 38-17 loss to Oakland last week.