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Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, chief orthopedic surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens, has recommended that Ray Lewis not play in this yearâ€™s Pro Bowl (2/11) because of a hand injury Ray suffered in the Divisional Playoff Game against the Colts.
With Lewis now out of the NFLâ€™s All-Star game, Bart Scott, who finished just behind Ray in the voting, becomes a Pro Bowler for the 1st time. Scott finished 2nd on the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL with a career-high 135 tackles. He also added a career-high 9.5 sacks, 9 PD, 2 INTs and 1 FF. Scott becomes the 6th Baltimore defensive player (Chris McAlister, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Adalius Thomas and Lewis â€“ who Scott replaced) to earn a spot in the annual All-Star game. Jonathan Ogden was the lone Ravensâ€™ offensive player selected to the Pro Bowl, marking his 10th-consecutive All-Star invite.
â€œItâ€™s a tremendous honor to be chosen to play amongst your peers,â€ said Scott. â€œI have watched the Pro Bowl on TV since I was a kid, and to think that I am going to be one of the players kids can look up to as a role model makes me proud. I take pride in representing the Ravensâ€™ organization and playing the game the way it is supposed to be played. My whole life, it seems like I have slipped in through the back door. With the faith the organization has shown in me, I canâ€™t think of a better way to repay them than playing alongside the best this game has to offer.â€
Here is an overview of Bartâ€™s 2006 Season:
2006 Postseason: Started and finished 2nd on the team with a postseason career-high 12 tackles (5 solo) and netted 3 QB hits while helping hold the Colts to 2.9 yards per rush in the Divisional Playoff game vs. Ind. (1/13/07).
2006: Earned his 1st-career Pro Bowl (named 2nd alternate and played due to injuries to Broncos LB Al Wilson and teammate Ray Lewis)…Named AP2nd-team All-Pro, Peter Kingâ€™s Sports Illustratedâ€™sAll-Pro Team and USA Todayâ€™s All-Joe Team (players who are critical to their team, but not Pro Bowlers)…Started all 16 games and finished 2nd on the team with 135 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 9 PD and 2 INTs, all career highs on the season…Earned AFC Player of the Month honors for September after leading the AFC and tying for the league-lead with 5 sacksâ€¦He finished the month (3 games) with 23 tackles (17 solo), 5 sacks and 5 PDâ€¦Ravens defense finished the 1st month of the season No. 1 in the NFL against the run (34.3 yards per game) and No. 2 overall (197.3 total yards allowed per game) in addition to allowing a meager 6.7 points per contestâ€¦2006 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Started and totaled 5 solo tackles, including 1 TFL in the 19-7 win in the season finale vs. Buf. (12/31)…Started and finished with 8 tackles (5 solo) and 1 QB hit in the 31-7 win in game 15 at Pit. (12/24)â€¦Started and had 4 tackles, including 3 solo, 1 sack (-14 yards) and 2 QB hits in the 27-17 win in game 14 vs. Cle. (12/17)â€¦With his tackles against the Browns, Scott established a new single-season career high with 122 tacklesâ€¦Started and applied constant pressure, forcing the Chiefs into 3 turnovers, posting 11 tackles (6 solo), 1 sack (-5 yards) and 1 QB hit in the 20-10 victory in game 13 at KC (12/10)â€¦Led the team with 12 tackles, including 11 solo, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 PD and 2 QB hits in game 12 at Cin. (11/30)â€¦Started and had 4 solo tackles, 1.5 sacks (part of a Ravens’ record-tying 9 sacks) and held the Steelers to just 21 rushing yards in the 27-0 win in game 11 vs. Pit. (11/26)â€¦Scott also had 3 QB hits, 1 PD and an INT in the 4th quarter to seal the shutoutâ€¦Started and netted 7 tackles and 2 QB hits, helping hold the NFL’s No. 1-rated rushing attack to its lowest total all season (104 yards) in the 24-10 win in game 10 vs. Atl. (11/19)â€¦Started and posted 10 tackles (8 solo) in the 27-26 victory in game 9 at Ten. (11/12)â€¦Started and netted 8 tackles (5 solo) and was 2nd on the team (Trevor Pryce – 6) with 5 QB hits in the 26-20 win in game 8 vs. Cin. (11/5)â€¦Started and led the team with 9 tackles and had a PD in the 35-22 victory in game 7 at NO (10/29)â€¦Started and netted 8 tackles (4 solo) and 1 QB hit in game 6 vs. Car. (10/15)â€¦Started and had 6 tackles in game 5 at Den. (10/9)â€¦Started and finished 2nd on the team with a career-high 19 tackles, including a career-high 14 solo in the 16-13 win in game 4 vs. SD (10/1)â€¦Scott also had 1 INT, which he returned 24 yards, setting up the Ravens’ 1st TD of the game against the Chargersâ€¦Scott won AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for September after leading the AFC and tying for the league-lead with 5 sacksâ€¦He finished the month (3 games) with 23 tackles (17 solo), 5 sacks and 5 PDâ€¦Ravens defense finished the 1st month of the season No. 1 in the NFL against the run (34.3 yards per game) and No. 2 overall (197.3 total yards allowed per game) in addition to allowing a meager 6.7 points per contestâ€¦Scott’s heavy pressure on the QB also contributed to the team’s NFL-best plus-10 turnover differential, featuring a league-high 7 INTs during that spanâ€¦Finished 2nd on the team with 9 tackles (6 solo) and posted 1.5 sacks (-12.5 yards), 2 PD and 7 QB hits, helping the Ravens’ defense hold the Browns to just 38 yards rushing in the 15-14 victory in game 3 at Cle. (9/24)â€¦Scott hit QB Charlie Frye, with 3:28 remaining in the game, with the Ravens down 14-12 and the Browns on the Ravens’ 4-yard line, forcing an errant passâ€¦CB Chris McAlister jumped the route on a pass intended for WR Braylon Edwards, intercepting in the end zone; the Ravens then marched down the field and kicked a FG with 20 seconds remaining on the clock for a 15-14 victoryâ€¦Started and posted 6 tackles, including 4 solo, 1 PD and 1 sack (-9 yards) in the 28-6 victory in game 2 vs. Oak. (9/17)â€¦Started and finished 2nd on the team with 9 tackles (7 solo) in the 27-0 victory in the season opener at TB (9/10)â€¦Scott also led the team with 2 sacks (-12 yards) and had 2 PD, 1 of which led to a DT Haloti Ngata INT, which he returned 60 yards to the TB 9-yard line, leading to a Ravens’ FG.