Rolle expects to return for Ravens; McAlister getting second opinion

While the Baltimore Ravens have ruled out cornerback Chris McAlister for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, its other starting cornerback, Samari Rolle, is planning his return to the lineup.

Rolle has missed the last six games since injuring his neck, and has been limited in practice to prevent more damage. He suffered a bulging disc in the Sept. 21 game against Cleveland. Rolle was one of six Ravens starters who were officially listed as "limited" in practice on Thursday, but he is expected to make his return.

"Samari looked good out there," coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday. "He's full-go. I think he's going to be fine."

Rolle and the secondary will face a tough job Sunday -- containing Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who leads the NFL in receiving yards with 834 and is second in receptions with 60.

"Best receiver in the league right now," Rolle said of Johnson. "Hands down. No weaknesses –- strong, tough, physical, good hands, good routes, and they get him the ball."

The Ravens will attempt to do so without McAlister, who Harbaugh said is getting treatment for his knee and a second opinion from doctors in Canada. McAlister has been sidelined for two straight games.

The Ravens also listed offensive tackles Jared Gaither (neck/knee) and Adam Terry (knee), linebacker Bart Scott (chest), running backs Willis McGahee (ankle), Ray Rice (chest) and Le'Ron McClain (ankle) and defensive lineman Brandon McKinney (shoulder) as limited on Thursday. Tight end Daniel Wilcox (illness) missed practice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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