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Ravens | Could Look Into Signing Veteran QB - from www.KFFL.com

Thu, 20 May 2004 11:36:40 -0700

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team will explore the possibility of signing a veteran quarterback. "We've already spoken with some agents who represent quarterbacks, and we'll look at those who might be released after June 1. Right now, we're not certain that we'll sign another quarterback, but we have to be prepared for that possibility," Newsome added.

Ravens | Wright To Have Surgery - from www.KFFL.com

Thu, 20 May 2004 11:34:02 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Baltimore Ravens have announced QB Anthony Wright (labrum) will undergo surgery on his right shoulder to repair a labrum tear. How long he'll be out will be determined following surgery, which is expected to happen in the next five to six days. "It could be a four to six-week injury. It could be longer," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "We'll know more in a week or so."

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Thursday, May 20, 2004

By Len Pasquarelli


In an unexpected development that will likely force the Baltimore Ravens to seek a veteran replacement, backup quarterback Anthony Wright will undergo surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum that has limited him during the offseason.

The arthroscopic surgery, to take place sometime within the next week, is a blow to the Ravens, since it almost certainly will sideline Wright for the entire 2004 season.

Club officials said Thursday that Wright, a five-year veteran who started seven games in 2003 because of an injury to Kyle Boller, will miss at least a month. Sources close to Wright, however, told ESPN.com that the club's prognosis is probably overly optimistic. According to the sources, the rehabilitation will be 4-6 months, per the outlook of a shoulder specialist who on Thursday examined the results of the various tests Wright recently underwent.

Baltimore also made news on the defensive front Thursday, announcing that the team has reached an agreement with unrestricted free agent cornerback Dale Carter. The 11-year veteran, whose career has been plagued of late by drug-related suspensions, accepted a one-year deal.

But the headline of the day for the Ravens, a young team expected to challenge for the title in the AFC North in 2004, was the unsettling situation at quarterback.

Beyond former first-rounder Boller, who started nine games in his '03 debut campaign, the Ravens have zero experience. The only other quarterbacks on the current roster are both rookies, sixth-round draft choice Josh Harris of Bowling Green and undrafted free agent Brian Gaither.

The loss of Wright could create an opportunity for one of the current veteran passers seeking work -- players like Kerry Collins, Kurt Warner or Tim Couch -- to land with the Ravens. Notable is that Jim Fassel, the former head coach of the New York Giants and a man who enjoys a strong relationship with Collins, is now a Ravens consultant. Team officials had previously debunked the notion that Baltimore might well be interested in adding Collins, but Ravens head coach Brian Billick acknowledged Thursday that the dire reports on Wright could fuel a roster move.

"We won't rule out anybody," Billick said. "Obviously, June 1 will be a pivotal day to see who's actually out there (in free agency). We can conjecture about a lot of people, and some we can't talk about, until they're released. It's the usual suspects, so to speak, but we've got to wait until this market shakes itself out."

While the Ravens will not panic, team sources insisted, the club will have to make a move eventually to add experience to the position.

Wright, 28, played well at times in 2003 but struggled on occasions as well. The former South Carolina standout, who originally entered the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, completed 94 of 178 passes for 1,199 yards, with nine touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

After briefly testing the unrestricted free agent market this spring, Wright re-signed with the Ravens, netting a two-year contract worth $3.035 million, and including a signing bonus of $1.5 million.

He contends the injury occurred in a Nov. 23 game against Seattle, a contest in which he threw for 319 yards and four touchdown passes in an overtime victory. Wright explained on Thursday that he took a direct hit to the shoulder in that game, felt discomfort in the locker room afterwards, but fought through the pain for the rest of the season.

"I just thought, at the time, that my arm was fatigued because I was taking so many of the reps in practices," he said. "But I came back about three weeks ago, tried to throw the ball, and was having the same problems.

Financial terms of Carter's deal were not immediately available, but the value is expected to be modest.

A onetime Pro Bowl performer, Carter has appeared in just 23 games over the last three seasons because of suspensions related to his repeat violations of the league substance abuse policy. Carter was suspended at one point for a total of 18 straight months and he missed the entire 2000 season as a result. He has also forfeited millions of dollars in both signing bonus and base salary compensation.

"We've done our research on Dale and the NFL has told us he is in good standing," said general manager Ozzie Newsome, who said Carter could compete for a "nickel" job in the Ravens talented secondary. "He has been a good team member the last two seasons with the Saints. & It's well known that he is in the [substance abuse] program, and at which stage he is in the program. But there's nothing pending, as of today, so he comes here in good standing."

Once among the league's premier coverage defenders, Carter has played in Kansas City (1992-98), Denver (1999), Minnesota (2001) and New Orleans (2002-2003). He has been in 141 regular-season games with 125 starts, and has 551 tackles, 24 interceptions and 106 passes defensed.

Over the past three years, however, Carter has just one interception.

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Originally posted by ntotoro

Isn't this the same injury Udeze has... ? Maybe Fassel should think about getting on the horn to Kerry Collins, just in case.


Nothing was ever proven in the medical records about Udeze’s “injury” but this is the same type of injury he supposedly had. It’s a bit more serious in a QB, especially in the throwing arm.

Ive said all along that the best fir for Collins would have been Bmore.

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Collins in Baltimore would be an intriguing scenario. I would suspect that if this did indeed become reality, Collins would eventually be the starter at some point in the season, wrestling the job away from the talented but inconsistent Kyle Boller.

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they crows will either bring in J Blake or K Collins , but one thing is for certain .as long as Boller is healthy he'll be the starter . i do not see B. Billick making any changes as he is set on Boller being the franchise QB . :2cents:

:gaintsuck :eaglesuck :dallasuck :ravensuck :ravensuck

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