Baylis, Brooks back at practice

October 27, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

Three days after it appeared Baltimore would have to revamp its defense in the wake of injuries to nose tackle Jearld Baylis and free safety Michael Brooks, both practiced yesterday.

And both are expected to play Saturday when the CFLs meet the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Memorial Stadium.

Baylis tore his right calf late in the first half of a 48-31 win over the B. C. Lions last week and left the stadium on crutches.

On Sunday, he was listed as doubtful for Winnipeg. But his progress was sufficient that he was able to return to practice yesterday for about 25 plays.

"It's still there [the tear] and it's tender," Baylis said, "but it's pretty good."

Baylis changed to a left-handed stance to take some strain off the calf.

Brooks, meanwhile, was declared out of the Winnipeg game after he broke his right hand against B. C. He underwent surgery on Sunday to have pins inserted in the hand.

When he was examined yesterday, it was determined he could play after all.

"I'll have a cast four weeks," said Brooks, whose hand was still swollen. "Whether I played this week or not, I was going to have to wear a cast in the next game anyway."

Baylis' quick recovery means defensive tackle Malcolm Showell will return to the practice roster this week. He'll be replaced by rush end Grant Carter, who will be used primarily on special teams.

l In another move, wide-out Joe Washington will replace Mike Alexander on the active roster.

NOTES: Mike Pringle was named Offensive Player of the Week in the CFL for his 216-yard rushing effort against B. C., and tackle Shar Pourdanesh was chosen Lineman of the Week. Pringle's award was his second of the season. Pourdanesh got his first award after grading over 90 for the 12th time in 16 games this season. Baltimore center Nick Subis was runner-up to Pourdanesh, and linebacker Tracey Gravely received honorable mention for defensive honors. . . . Linebacker Ken Benson, who had three screws removed from a plate in his ankle Sunday, practiced yesterday, although coach Don Matthews said he's uncertain if Benson will be able to play Saturday. If he can't, he'll be replaced by linebacker Brad Clark. . . . The Canadian Broadcasting Co. will carry Saturday's game. . . . The Blue Bombers announced this week they plan to modernize their logo -- a white "W" on their helmet. . . . Winnipeg is bringing approximately 100 fans and 20 cheerleaders to the game.

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