Jackson's injury is mild sprain in knee Receiver works out on exercise bike

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

August 14, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Ravens starting wide receiver Michael Jackson was found to have only a mildly sprained left knee yesterday, and his status will be evaluated daily.

Jackson was injured after he was tackled by cornerback DeRon Jenkins Monday. Jackson was evaluated by a team physician yesterday afternoon at Kernan Hospital.

The Ravens were concerned because Jackson has injured the knee twice before, including once when he was a sophomore at Southern Mississippi College.

"I don't know if he will play against Green Bay on Saturday," said Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda. "It will be a day-to-day thing."

Jackson was already on the exercise bike by the end of practice.

"Never say never and never say always," said Jackson when asked about his status for Saturday's game.

Hoard back at work

Ravens starting running back Leroy Hoard, who sprained his knee in Saturday's game against the New York Giants, was back practicing with the first team after missing a day of practice.

Hoard's knee was taped, but he moved well. Rookie wide receiver Jermaine Lewis, who has been out of workouts for nearly a week with a groin injury, also practiced yesterday.

Players who did not practice because of injuries included tight end Harold Bishop (knee), wide receiver Calvin Williams (knee), safety Eric Turner (groin) and receiver Floyd Turner (knee). Floyd Turner spent most of the practice running wind sprints on the sideline. Williams was hurt at the end of Monday's practice, but it was nothing serious.

Cuts next Wednesday

Ravens vice president Ozzie Newsome said the team will not make any cuts until Aug. 20, when the Ravens must reduce their roster from 80 players to no more than 60.

"We're going to wait until the third game," said Newsome. "There is still some more evaluating to do."

Newsome said the Ravens could keep as many as 58 on the roster for the regular season "depending on where the team is on the cap," but five of those would be on the developmental roster. Present starters such as guard Wally Williams and tackle Orlando Brown were former developmental squad members.

"We've had some success over the years in developing players, so we'll keep as many as possible," Newsome said.

Byner's decision

Nearly a year ago, Ravens running back Earnest Byner was deciding on life after football, which actually was his returning to the NFL.

His former Cleveland Browns coach, Marty Schottenheimer, offered Byner a job as the Kansas City Chiefs' special teams coach. Schottenheimer is the Chiefs' coach.

"Marty knew it was something I always wanted to do," said Byner of the coaching job offer. "Plus, I would have been right under him because Marty is a special team's man. But I felt that I had some more time left as a player. When I retire, if there is an opening again, I feel Marty will give me another shot if the opening is available."

Special calling for Sutter

Ravens linebacker Ed Sutter has been the team's top tackler on special teams each of the past three seasons. It wasn't something he learned at home.

"It's something you just generally don't do when you're a kid. You go out in the backyard and play football, but you don't do special teams."

Ravens camp

Where: Western Maryland College, Westminster

Practices: Run through tomorrow. All are free and open to the public. Time is 2: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m., but is subject to change.

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 1 mile and turn left at Monroe Street. Turn right at Winters Alley. Parking lot is on left.

Pub Date: 8/14/96

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