Receiver Turner twists knee, limps from field Marchibroda says injury probably not serious

Ravens Notebook

July 24, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Wide receiver Floyd Turner, who just joined the team in training camp Saturday, suffered a knee injury yesterday.

Turner limped off the field about 50 minutes into the morning session after suffering a knee sprain. He is expected to have a magnetic resonance imaging exam today, and his availability will be day-to-day. Turner was battling Calvin Williams for the No. 3 receiver spot.

"I was running out of bounds and I relaxed," said Turner. "He [a defensive back] was running through and he pushed me in the back. My foot jammed and it twisted on me. I barely can walk on it right now."

Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda, who coached Turner two years in Indianapolis before both were hired by the Ravens this season, said he didn't think the injury was serious.

"I thought it was just a twisted knee," said Marchibroda. "We put ice on it to stop some of the swelling, and hopefully he will join us real soon."

In other injury news, reserve defensive lineman Tau Pupua will miss two to three weeks because of ligament damage in his left ankle. Pupua had a cast on yesterday.

Ogden finding voice

Offensive line mates of tackle Jonathan Ogden, the team's No. 1 draft pick from UCLA, say he is progressing well, but may need some voice lessons.

"His play has been solid and he is a smart kid," said starting center Steve Everitt of Ogden, the Ravens' starting left guard. "He comes from a large program, so it's not like he is going to see a lot of things for the first time. It's all about getting the terminology down."

Starting right guard Wally Williams said: "I don't have much interaction with him because he is on the other side, but when I watch film Jonathan, Tony [left tackle Tony Jones] and Steve seem to be kicking some butt on the other side."

Now, about those singing lessons. Ogden has had to sing a song every couple of days. On Monday night, Ogden broke out in a little rap.

"Sounded good to me," said Jones. "I started singing along with him. In a few days, though, I might get him to slow it down."

"It was terrible rap," said Everitt. "I'm not familiar with that stuff. If he wants to impress me, come out with some Black Sabbath or Metallica."

Everitt 'not a happy man'

This may be Everitt's only season in a Ravens uniform. Everitt was a restricted free agent in the off-season, and wanted a new contract. The club offered him only a one-year qualifying offer of $785,000, which was a hefty increase over the $295,000 he made in base salary a year ago.

Everitt, who has started 45 of 48 games since his rookie year three seasons ago, felt he deserved better treatment from the club.

"I'm going out to play as hard as I can," said Everitt. "You put up with camp and all these practices just to have fun on Sundays, and that is what it is all about. I'll worry about next season when this is over even though I'm not a happy man right now."

Hartley to get look at TE

Marchibroda says the team does not have a No. 1 tight end, but he certainly will have to give Frank Hartley a hard look.

Hartley was basically used as a blocking tight end last season, but has been impressive with his ball catching skills in camp, especially on short patterns.

"Between three tight ends last year, we had about 60 receptions," said Hartley. "With this offense, we could have Ben Coates-type numbers."

"It's still a wide-open race, but Frank made some big plays early in this camp, and he hasn't made any lately because we haven't gotten him the ball," said Marchibroda. "But he has been impressive."

Hartley is battling Harold Bishop and Brian Kinchen for the starting job.

Free agents a mixed bag

Two of the team's biggest free-agent acquisitions were linebackers Mike Croel and Jerrol Williams. One has played up to par, the other is still trying to catch up.

"Mike has been doing a great job, progressing, learning and performing physically," said defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis. "We're real excited about what he has done. Jerrol is just a little behind, and he is pressing right now to catch. He is trying so hard to make plays instead of just relaxing. I think when that happens, he's going to do a nice job for us."

Miscellaneous

The Ravens have signed rookie free agent Ted Lawrence of UCLA. Lawrence, a 5 feet 9, 182-pound cornerback, had 37 tackles in 11 games last season. He has 122 career tackles with seven interceptions. The Ravens have 80 players in camp. . . . Marchibroda has been impressed with quarterback Vinny Testaverde's ability to grasp the offense. . . . The Ravens have four quarterbacks in camp, and it appears the odd man out will be Virginia rookie Mike Groh, a former water boy with the Cleveland Browns. Barring injury, Marchibroda plans to keep only three quarterbacks, and Groh will be used basically as insurance. . . . The play of the day belonged to wide receiver Derrick Alexander, who one-handed a reception on a slant-in pattern in the end zone over cornerback Issac Booth.

Ravens camp

Where: Western Maryland College, Westminster

Practices: Run through Aug. 15. All are free and open to the public. Times are from 9 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. and 2: 40 p.m. to 5 p.m., but call hotline to check daily.

Hotline: 1-888-9RAVENS.

Directions from Baltimore: Take I-695 to Exit 19 to I-795 north to its end. Follow signs to Westminster via Route 140 north to Route 97 north. Turn left on exit ramp onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Go about one mile and turn left on Monroe Street. Turn right at Winters Alley. Parking lot is on left.

Pub Date: 7/24/96

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