Testaverde ready to start Sunday Quarterback works out for half of practice

Ravens notebook

November 21, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde worked out for only half the team's practice session yesterday, but said he plans to start Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Testaverde bruised his ribs early in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, and missed the second half.

Testaverde ran with the first team while practicing and did some light throwing before watching the last hour of practice.

Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said Testaverde's passes lacked his usual velocity.

"My range of motion has improved over Sunday," said Testaverde. "It's not something that hurts at the touch, and I don't think I'll need any extra gear to protect me.

"Overall, it feels pretty good today. It's still a little sore, but once I get to practice more, the soreness will work its way out."

Second-year quarterback Eric Zeier took more repetitions than Testaverde with the first team yesterday. Zeier completed 10 of 21 passes for 97 yards and was intercepted once in the 49ers' 38-20 win. It was Zeier's first action of the season.

"I looked at the film and I think I did some things well, and some things I would like to take back, like the interception," said Zeier.

"I think I did a good job of checking off, and looking to find the second and third receivers. I had problems setting my feet, but I feel more comfortable with the offense now than last week."

No Rison this time

Former Jaguars and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andre Rison stirred up the Ravens with some rousing comments about his former teammates two weeks ago. But the Jaguars cut Rison Monday, and he signed with Green Bay the next day.

The Ravens will miss taking a few shots at Rison on the field.

"With Andre gone, I guess I got to start some mess with old Keenan now," Ravens safety Bennie Thompson said jokingly about Jaguars receiver Keenan McCardell, another former Browns player.

"Andre was a competitive player and he helped us take our game to another level," said Ravens linebacker Mike Caldwell.

No edge to familiar foe

Neither Marchibroda nor Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin says there is much advantage to playing a team twice in three weeks.

"You can return to familiar ground," said Coughlin. "You can study the tape from our game, the 49ers' game and then get right back into Baltimore. The game plan, though, doesn't remain the same.

"The bottom line is that you're going to play where they send you to play and you have to make the best of it," he said.

Marchibroda said: "There is no distinct advantage. If I had my choice, I'd prefer to play it further down the road."

Everitt works out

Ravens starting center Steve Everitt worked out lightly with the team for the first time since partially tearing a pectoral muscle a month ago against Denver.

Everitt wasn't expected to play Sunday, but the Ravens may have to rethink his status after today's practice.

"I moved around a little, worked in a couple of reps," said Everitt. "If I had to play, I could. If I get in a good workout tomorrow [today], I may be able to go. My endurance now is probably better than when I was playing because of all the running I've been doing."

"We'll know a little bit more on Steve tomorrow," said Marchibroda. "Sometimes it's better to wait a week than to have a player go a week too early."

Nine players did not take part in the full practice yesterday, including running backs Randy Baldwin (thigh) and Carwell Gardner (shoulder); tight end Eric Green (knee); defensive tackle Dan Footman (arm); linebackers Jerrol Williams (knee), Craig Powell (shoulder) and Ray Lewis (ankle); safety Stevon Moore (hip pointer); and wide receiver Ray Ethridge (chest).

Of the group, only Footman and Lewis are out for Sunday's game. Footman may see some limited playing time in two weeks. Footman has not played since fracturing his forearm Oct. 13 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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