Late For Work 11/18: McAlister Signs with Saints

Plus a Suggs update, kicker rumors, Oher won’t attend his premiere and Power Rankings.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 9:19 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

McAlister joins the New Orleans Saints

Former Raven Chris McAlister has agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints, per ESPN’s John Clayton. A league source has confirmed the move.

Terms of the deal weren’t available, but it is believed to be a one-year contract. McAlister was cleared by doctors to play despite knee problems that have been nagging him for years. There were teams that were interested in signing him at the beginning of the season, but McAlister wanted to wait until his knee was completely healthy.

I wonder if McAlister has much left to offer. He reportedly fell out of favor last year during coach John Harbaugh’s first season with the team. In September, McAlister was telling friends that he planned to sign with the Raiders.

The need for a cornerback was created by the groin injury that kept Jabari Greer out of Sunday’s game against the Rams and the MCL knee sprain suffered by Tracy Porter Sunday that will sideline him indefinitely.

Suggs out at least 2-3 weeks

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post is reporting that outside linebacker Terrell Suggs will be out at least two to three weeks with a slightly torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to a league source.

“This is a much better prognosis than what was originally feared with initial concerns that he could be out as long as four to six weeks or possibly for the entire remainder of the season,” said Wilson.

Suggs underwent an MRI after injuring his knee when Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn hit him with an illegal low block during the Ravens’ 16-0 win Monday night.

Suggs’ Agent: Quinn’s hit was ‘absolutely criminal’

Terrell Suggs’ agent, Gary Wichard, wants Quinn to pay for his controversial block Monday night.

“That cat should be fined as much as anybody is fined that hits the quarterback,” Wichard told the National Football Post. “That’s ridiculous. I don’t understand what he was trying to do. It was blatant. It’s absolutely criminal. It’s about as nasty as it gets.”

“The guy had total control and went right for his knee. You can’t call that an accident. It was premeditated. The quarterback zeroed in on Terrell’s knee. That’s absurd. The ball carrier was right in front of him.”

New kicker likely to come down to Nugent or Cundiff

The Baltimore Sun reported head coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens wouldn’t try out any additional kickers, which means the decision will likely come down to veteran kickers Mike Nugent and Billy Cundiff. Both kickers were reportedly tried out by the Ravens last week.

However, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post tweeted the Nugent camp has hinted that he won’t be the guy that’s signed after two tryouts. We’ll see if that holds up.

As for Hauschka’s reaction to being released 24 hours after he missed a 36-yard field goal and had an extra point blocked in a 16-0 win at Cleveland? He said he was “a little surprised.”

“I’m definitely disappointed,” Hauschka told The Baltimore Sun. “I appreciate the opportunity that they gave me here. I wish I had done better with a couple of the kicks there. But I don’t have any regrets. I’m just going to keep playing and working hard, and I think I’ll be on a team sooner or later.”

Josh Cribbs OK; agent angry with Browns for exposing him to injury

Browns WR Josh Cribbs is OK and out of a Cleveland hospital after being injured on the final play of Monday night’s 16-0 loss to the Ravens.

But his agent is ticked with the Browns for exposing Cribbs to injury as time expired and the Browns had no chance to win the game.

“I can’t even put into words how upset I am at them for leaving him in like that,” agent J.R. Rickert told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Fortunately, he’s doing well.”

Cribbs left the field on a stretcher in a scary scene, but had movement as he was taken to a local hospital. Players and coaches from both teams huddled around him.

Oher won’t attend ‘The Blind Side’ premiere

The movie based on his life story premieres in New York City Tuesday night, but Ravens rookie offensive lineman Michael Oher won’t be there.

Given that he is in the midst of his first season in the NFL, that shouldn’t be a surprise, said his adoptive father Sean Tuohy during a Tuesday teleconference to promote the movie.

Power Rankings

It’s interesting how a win over the terrible Browns can push the Ravens up in most power rankings. Regardless of the exact spot, the lists accurately reflect the team’s play up to this point. As of right now, the Ravens are a middle-of-the-pack team that shows flashes of greatness, but hasn’t been able to put together a string of wins.

ESPN: Ravens 11(14), Steelers 6(5), Bengals 4(4)
Fox Sports: Ravens 7(11), Steelers 6(5), Bengals 4(4)
CBS Sports: Ravens 15(15), Steelers 6(6), Bengals 4(5)
Sporting News: Ravens 11(13), Steelers 6(5), Bengals 4(7)
USA Today: Ravens 11(13), Steelers 6(4), Bengals 4(7)

Quick Hits

The NFL announced the Nov. 29 Pittsburgh-Baltimore matchup will remain the Sunday night game even though NBC had the option of picking another contest. This announcement comes after speculation that the league was going to select a more appealing game under its flexible scheduling policy.

Browns coach Eric Mangini said he wishes he would have handled the game’s final play differently after Cribbs’ scary last-second injury in Monday night’s 16-0 loss.

The Steelers won’t be without injured SS Troy Polamalu for more than one game. He will attempt to return for the AFC North match-up at Baltimore on Nov. 29.

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