Lewis' pain proves to be Oilers' gain after hit by Wycheck OILERS 29, RAVENS 13

September 16, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht

HOUSTON -- Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis was in obvious pain after yesterday's 29-13 loss to the Houston Oilers.

The rookie injured his lower back late in the third quarter, on Oilers running back Ronnie Harmon's 2-yard touchdown run.

Oilers H-back/tight end Frank Wycheck, the former Maryland Terp and Washington Redskin, leveled Lewis with a crunching block that bent the linebacker backward in the end zone, clearing the way for Harmon.

"I tried to turn the play back, and he [Wycheck] pinned me back. He put too much weight on it [his back]," said Lewis, who winced and had trouble talking after the game. "I hope it isn't a serious injury."

Meanwhile, Ravens linebacker Mike Caldwell left the game in the second half after re-injuring his knee. Caldwell finished with four tackles and a sack.

Pub Date: 9/16/96

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