Turner eager to return after scare with knee New receiver has sprain, may be back within week

Ravens notebook

July 25, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Floyd Turner has been through a lot during his eight-year NFL career, but the Ravens' newest receiver has never started as slowly as this.

One day after injuring his left knee in practice -- only his fifth workout in a Ravens uniform -- at least Turner was smiling. That's because a magnetic resonance imaging scan of the knee yesterday revealed no cartilage or ligament damage, meaning Turner could recover from his sprain and resume practicing within a week.

"It really had me worried. It's going to be a setback, but I've worked through worse," said Turner, whose reporting to the Ravens was delayed for four days last week, while the league decided which team, Baltimore or Indianapolis, owned his rights. "This year is starting off very slowly. I'm anxious to turn it around."

Turner twisted the knee after free-agent cornerback Donny Brady shoved him out of bounds at the end of a play Tuesday.

"I was mad at first. He's a young guy who's trying to work hard," Turner said of Brady. "I just explained that we have to play together. If you hurt your own players, we won't have anything to take on the field on Sundays. But this is football. Things happen."

Frederick frustrated

No Ravens player has been more frustrated than second-year defensive end Mike Frederick.

After making his mark on special teams last year, Frederick, feet 5, 280 pounds, came to training camp gearing up for more playing time.

Then, in the Ravens' first outdoor workout Saturday morning in Owings Mills, Frederick pulled a hamstring in warm-up drills. He has yet to practice.

"I'm not doing too good," said Frederick, who is listed as day-to-day. "I couldn't believe the timing. You work hard for the whole off-season, then this happens. It's tough watching everybody else working hard, getting better, making the team, and you can't do a thing. It's difficult to take."

Hoard battles virus

Running back Leroy Hoard sat out yesterday's practices with a fever and upset stomach, after suffering headaches from the virus earlier in the week.

Hoard, who had his blood tested and probably will not practice today, declined to comment about his illness.

Testaverde thankful

Quarterback Vinny Testaverde threw the ball well yesterday, and called home at least twice to check on his wife and new son, Vincent Jr.

Testaverde left Baltimore for Lutz, Fla., on Friday to be with his wife, Mitzi, who gave birth Saturday. Testaverde was back in camp Monday afternoon.

"There's nothing greater than being there to see your child born. It's amazing, a miracle. Each time feels like the first time," said Testaverde, who also has a daughter. "You just pray that your baby is healthy, and I thank God I have a healthy family."

Morgan State coaches visit

Morgan State's football coaching staff watched both practices Monday. The Bears have three former pro players on their staff -- defensive line coach Bubba Green (Baltimore Colts), head coach Stump Mitchell (St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals) and defensive back coach Andre Waters (Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona).

"This is great, a really good thing for the city to have pro football back," said Green.

Told that the Ravens might be looking for another defensive back, Waters said: "Don't look here. I'm a little too old for this stuff now."

Miscellaneous

Coach Ted Marchibroda gave the Ravens a break, allowing them to practice without pads in the afternoon. . . . Safety Eric Turner made a sparkling interception in the morning practice, cutting in front of tight end Brian Kinchen to pick Testaverde's pass off his shoe tops. . . . Jim Popp, the former player personnel director of the now-defunct Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League and currently the general manager of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, scouted at both practices yesterday. . . . The Ravens' Saturday practice at Memorial Stadium is free and open to the public and begins at 3: 45 p.m., when players will line the lower deck to sign autographs for 15 minutes. Season-ticket holders can check their seat locations. . . . The Cycle Across Maryland Tour stops in Westminster today. About 1,500 cyclists are expected to invade the Western Maryland campus.

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