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Quarterback McNair (strained groin) and left tackle Ogden (toe and foot injuries) missed Baltimore’s 20-13 win over the New York Jets last weekend. Ravens coach Brian Billick is optimistic that at least McNair will be back to face Arizona (1-1).
“Steve felt pretty good on Sunday. He felt like if he really had to go, he could have,” Billick said. “It’s encouraging. When Jonathan feels like he can go, he’ll go.”
McNair hurt his groin in the Ravens’ 27-20 season-opening loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 9. With the 13-year veteran sidelined, the Ravens started Kyle Boller against the Jets.
Boller was efficient in Baltimore’s sixth consecutive home victory, completing 23 of 35 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore, though, will definitely be without Trevor Pryce. The defensive end was ruled out for at least three games after undergoing surgery Monday on his broken left wrist, which he injured against New York. Pryce led the Ravens with 13 sacks last season.
“We’ll have to tag team it, do it in tandem,” Billick said.
Edwards, Baltimore’s second-round draft pick in 2004, played in just 24 games over his first three seasons and started only once.
The Ravens have won 12 of their last 13 games at M&T Bank Stadium, holding opponents to an average of 11.7 points in the victories.
Baltimore lost its only home game to Arizona on a field goal as time expired in a 16-13 defeat on Nov. 23, 1997. The Ravens have taken the other two meetings between the teams, the most recent coming during the 2003 season.
The Cardinals are looking to improve to 2-1 for the first time since 1991. They started 2006 by splitting their first two games and finished 5-11, which resulted in the firing of coach Dennis Green.
Arizona will look to running back Edgerrin James to help them break through the stingy Baltimore defense, which has allowed only 124 rushing yards - second in the NFL to New England’s 112.
James has run for 220 yards, two TDs and a 4.4 per-carry average through two games. He got off to a slow start last season with 695 yards and a 3.1 per-carry average in the first 11 games, but finished strong with 464 yards in his last five contests.
James appears to have picked up where he left off and had his best game as a Cardinal in Week 2, rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown in a 23-20 win over Seattle. His four consecutive carries helped set up Neil Rackers’ winning 42-yard field goal with one second to go.
“A couple of things about Edge,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. “No. 1, he’s running very strong. He’s getting a lot of yards after contact, which is very good for any back in the league. The second thing is his vision is very good. Edge is seeing things develop, he’s hitting the right holes.”
James’ tough running likely benefited Matt Leinart against the Seahawks, as the second-year player completed 23 of 37 passes for 299 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It was an improvement over his shaky performance in a season-opening 20-17 loss at San Francisco on Sept. 10, when Leinart went 14-for-28 for 102 yards with a TD and two INTs.