Early injuries are just part of camp, Marchibroda says TE Hartley, OT Brown latest to miss practice

Ravens Notebook

July 27, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

As the Ravens' training camp continues, the injuries keep mounting, but coach Ted Marchibroda isn't concerned.

Tight end Frank Hartley and starting offensive tackle Orlando Brown were added to an injury list yesterday that includes running backs Leroy Hoard, Carwell Gardner and wide receiver Floyd Turner.

Hartley (hamstring) and Brown (hip) missed practices for the first time even though neither player's injury was diagnosed as serious.

Turner, though, will miss three to four weeks after an arthroscope yesterday revealed he has cartilage damage. Hoard missed practice again and is being treated for a sinus infection that also may be contributing to migraine headaches.

The Ravens are being cautious with Hoard because he had a viral infection during his second year with the Cleveland Browns, and it caused him to miss two months of training camp and playing time.

"I'm not at all concerned," said Marchibroda. "We've got a few injuries like hamstrings, but that's to be expected this time of year. We're working hard, so you expect a few things, but we've had nothing major. Even the injury to Turner was kind of a freakish thing where a guy pushed him on the back when Floyd was going out of bounds."

There was some good news on the injury front, as defensive linemen Mike Frederick (hamstring) and Rob Burnett (sore back) returned to practice yesterday. Frederick practiced only during the first session to help ease him back into the workouts.

Pressure is welcome

Wide receiver Michael Jackson is rapidly becoming one of the team's most popular players.

Immediately after practices, kids scream for his autograph. Jackson says he is used to it.

"With a name like mine, this is old hat. At least the popularity now is from me having done something legal," said Jackson, ribbing his pop star namesake.

Jackson may become even more popular once the season starts. Marchibroda said Jackson was the big-play receiver in the offense even before the team released Andre Rison.

"It's something I've wanted, worked and waited for in the past," said Jackson. "I've always tried to perform as that person, and I don't mind shouldering the additional pressure."

Mom was tough

Ravens receiver Ray Ethridge has personal best times of 10.13 in the 100 meters and 20.2 in the 200 -- but he couldn't beat his mother running until the ninth grade.

Ethridge's mother, Vernolia Walker, won a silver medal in the 100 meters in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

"She was always very competitive," said Ethridge. "But I always used to get teased a lot. People laughed at me, saying you can't even beat your mother running."

Late but eager

UCLA cornerback Teddy Lawrence knows he has a great challenge ahead of him. The Ravens didn't add him to the roster until earlier this week.

Lawrence had a clue. He already was looking for a job as a schoolteacher in California.

"I look forward to the competition," said Lawrence. "I know about the stereotypes that come along with the last person being signed. Right now I'm still learning the defense, but when I do, I'm eager to show the coaches what I can do."

Miscellaneous

Despite Marchibroda's saying the tight end position is wide-open, Brian Kinchen is No. 1 on the team's two-deep depth chart. . . . Best hit of the camp has been wide receiver Calvin Williams' collision with a water boy on a deep fly route. . . .The Ravens have a 9 a.m. practice at Western Maryland this morning before heading to Memorial Stadium. Autograph session at stadium begins at 3: 45. . . . Former Baltimore Colts running back Joe Washington was a special guest at practice yesterday. . . . Wait until the league sees this: The short-yardage package had Jeff Blackshear (323) at left guard, Tony Jones (395) at left tackle and Jonathan Ogden (318) at tight end.

Ravens roll call

David Barnard

Pos.: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-2

Weight: 290

Age: 21

College: Florida

Pro experience: Rookie

How acquired: Free agent, 1996

College highlights: Four-year letter winner for the Gators, starting 18 games. . . . Finished career with 112 total tackles, including 61 solos. . . . As a senior, forced a team-best 14 quarterback hurries and led linemen with 45 tackles. . . . Made three tackles against Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.

Personal: Rated as the No. 4 middle guard prospect in the country in 1991-92 by National High School Recruiting Service. . . . Second team All-Dade County at defensive line by Miami Herald in 1991.

Pub Date: 7/27/96

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