-- The Baltimore Ravens will be without linebacker Peter Boulware for the first six weeks of the season, news that was not a surprise to the team or Boulware.
"It's kind of what I expected," said Boulware, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who had knee surgery in January. "It just gives me some time to get healthy, to get to where I need to get. I don't have to rush back out there. Hopefully, by the time I come back, I'll be 100 percent."
Boulware, the Ravens' all-time sacks leader, was moved to the physically unable to perform reserved list, which means he is not allowed to practice with the team until the sixth week of the season. Once Boulware resumes practicing, the Ravens have a 21-day window in which to activate him, release him or keep him on the physically unable to perform list.
Boulware injured his right knee Dec. 21 against Cleveland and sat out the Ravens' regular season finale and playoff game against Tennessee. He sat out minicamps and training camp, but was always around, working out. He said that he has not had any setbacks.
"It's frustrating, especially now that it's game time and everybody's getting ready," Boulware said. "The season's about to crank up. This is what you love to do. I just have to sit and wait, and watch from the sidelines. Hopefully, I'll be ready when the time comes."
Eight Are Waived
The Ravens waived eight players Saturday, including three 2002 draft picks: return specialist Lamont Brightful, who was beaten out by rookie free agent B.J. Sams; cornerback Javin Hunter, who missed all of the 2003 season with a torn Achilles' tendon; and wide receiver Ron Johnson, who had 11 catches for 126 yards in 22 games.
Cornerback Rashad Holman, who was signed at the start of training camp, was also cut, along with four rookie free agents: tackle Eric Dumas (Maryland), tight end Nick Eller, linebacker Brandon Rager and safety Dave Revill.
Baltimore must cut nine more players to get to the league-mandated 53 by the Sunday deadline. A spokesman said the team would not release names until Monday. Eight players can be brought back as part of the practice squad.
There is the possibility the Ravens will place rookie wide receiver Devard Darling on injured reserve, which would end his season but free up a roster spot. Darling, the Ravens' third-round pick, has been slowed by a strained quadriceps and missed the final two preseason games.
"I was quite surprised, I had no idea," Darling said of possibly being placed on injured reserve, a prospect that was first raised in Saturday's Baltimore Sun. "I never looked at this injury as being a long-term injury. . . . I don't know what the situation is right now."
It is still too early to make a definitive statement, but the Ravens hope that Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden will be able to play in the season opener Sept. 12. "Right now, I'd say [the chance of playing is] 50-50," said Ogden, who has missed only four games in his eight-year career. It's one of those things that, if it continues to respond well, and things keep getting better, I'll be out there. If it plateaus, who knows? I'll just keep my fingers crossed, just go with it."
Ogden can walk and bend his leg, and he said that an MRI exam revealed nothing unexpected. He was injured in the first quarter of the Ravens' 27-17 victory over the New York Giants on Thursday.