McAlister joins Gregg on injured reserve; is Landry next?

By Neal Coolong  |   Sunday, November 09, 2008  |  Comments( 2 )

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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister's 2008 season is over. Safety Dawan Landry may be next.

With all due respect to the two of them, the Ravens' defense seems more than equipped to move on. McAlister had three interceptions in the team's first four games, but was benched by coach John Harbaugh in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins; he missed the past two games with the knee injury that forced the season-ending surgery.

Landry hasn't played since suffering a neck injury in Week 3, and the team said he could be placed on the IR as early as Monday.

Commentary: If Landry is shelved for the season, he'll join McAlister and tackle Kelly Gregg as defensive starters on the IR for Baltimore. The Ravens, who are ranked second in total 'D', still have the NFL's stingiest run defense. CB Samari Rolle hasn't played for six weeks with a neck injury of his own, but he could return for Week 10 against Houston.

The Ravens were without Rolle and McAlister for most of last season, and teams made them pay for it. They finished 6-10 and were ranked 20th against the pass. Quarterbacks had a passer rating of 87.6 against the Ravens - ninth highest in the league.

Fan Pulse: Extreme Ravens posters are discussing McAlister's injury, and what it might do to the team's future plans.

Fantasy Football Impact: Despite what happened last year, it doesn't seem McAlister's absence is having a profound effect on the defense.

Injury Watch: Linebacker Bart Scott is listed as questionable for Sunday with a chest injury, and tight end Daniel Wilcox is doubtful with a left thigh injury and an illness.
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Neal Coolong is a freelance sports writer with contributions to Scout.com, AOL and Steelers Live. He lives with his fiance in St. Paul, Minn., and saves every dime (that she knows about) for their wedding next June. He's already made the prediction that the Steelers 2007 draft class will be one...
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