Rolle ruled out for Pittsburgh game

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle has been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to shoulder and neck problems, subtracting a key starter from the NFL’s top-ranked defense heading into a critical AFC North contest.

With Rolle unavailable, the Ravens will be without three starters on defense as strong safety Dawan Landry (neck) and nose guard Kelly Gregg (left knee) are also sidelined.

The Ravens would probably like to start nickel back Fabian

Washington
in Rolle’s place, but his shaky health could increase the playing time of Corey Ivy and Frank Walker. They could possibly rotate opposite Chris McAlister if

Washington
is unable to go.

"Corey Ivy and Frank Walker have done an outstanding job," defensive coordinator Rex Ryan said. "So we’re confident if Samari can’t go, in goes those two guys. Fabian’s progressing. That would be great to get him back also. That would be a bonus."


Washington
is listed as probable on the injury report with a bulging disc in his neck, which forced him to miss last week’s 28-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. He missed the opening game under an NFL suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.


 
“I’ve been working well in practice, and I think I’ll be good enough to play,”

Washington
said. “Time is pretty much the only thing that’s going to heal it, and I don’t have much time right now.
 
“I just want to make it through the season and get it handled after the season. I hope I won’t need surgery, but I may have to if my body can’t reabsorb the disc.”


Walker
said he has received the usual number of snaps in practice as he prepares for wide receivers Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, who have combined for 25 receptions, 314 yards and three touchdowns.

"They’re explosive outside,"

Walker
said. "They’ve got the guys that can get deep, so you just need to concentrate on your technique, be confident and play hard."
 
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
 
Photo by Kevin Moore.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson

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