Booth is waived following absence Brew will replace him in nickle coverage

Ravens notebook

Daniels added to roster

November 22, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Jon Morgan contributed to this article.

The Ravens waived Issac Booth yesterday, one day after the third-year cornerback missed practice with an unexcused absence.

Booth played in 11 games and finished with 18 tackles. He started the first three games of the season before being replaced by Donny Brady at right cornerback.

Booth spent the last eight games playing mostly in the team's five-back defensive coverage and on special teams. Rookie Dorian Brew will replace Booth in the team's nickel coverage.

"We sort of felt Ike was not playing as well as expected," said Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda. "He called yesterday [Wednesday] and said he missed his plane, then told us today his flight was canceled. We thought this move was made in the best interest of our football team."

The Ravens also signed rookie linebacker Dexter Daniels to the active roster. Daniels, the Ravens' first pick in the sixth round of last April's draft out of Florida, was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 29.

He was released on Aug. 25 on the final cutdown date.

Testaverde ready

Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde participated in the full workout yesterday, and erased any doubt that he will be the starter for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Memorial Stadium.

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

Testaverde took it light in practice Wednesday.

"Everything feels good," said Testaverde. "I had a whole day, a complete workout. It was a normal Thursday."

Everitt might be ready

Ravens center Steve Everitt, injured nearly a month ago with a partially torn pectoral muscle, may be a week ahead of schedule.

Everitt wasn't expected to return until next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he might start or play against Jacksonville.

Everitt practiced with the team yesterday for the second straight day.

"I feel close to normal, and it may be as good as it's going to get," said Everitt. "Everything feels fine working out here, but it's different under game conditions."

Suit over name settled

Baltimore's new NFL team has reached agreement with the city's other Ravens -- a 26-year-old championship wheelchair basketball team -- in which both teams will get to keep the menacing bird in their name.

The Baltimore Raven Wheelchair Basketball Club. Inc. filed suit against the NFL team on July 17, alleging trademark infringement. Although the basketball team had not registered the name, it claimed a common law right to the moniker it has used since 1970.

The two sides had been close to settlement before, with the NFL agreeing to pay about $30,000, but the deal collapsed and the suit proceeded. On Oct. 28, the two sides formally entered a document in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to dismiss the case.

The two sides agreed not to release the details of the settlement, but the basketball team will change its name to the Maryland Ravens. NFL Properties, the merchandising arm that handles team names and associated rights, also will make a cash payment to the basketball team.

"We worked out a fair compromise. They seem happy, we're pleased. The good work they do can continue," said Kevin Byrne, spokesman for the NFL Ravens.

Ed Diggs, coach of the basketball team, said, "I think we got pretty much what we were looking for. At least, it got them to pause for a second and think about us."

Extra points

Defensive tackle Tim Goad missed yesterday's practice because of suspected food poisoning. Goad reported to the complex ill in the morning and was sent to Kernan Hospital, where he is receiving fluids. His status will be released today. The Jaguars have returned approximately 250 tickets for the game. Those tickets will go on sale today at 9 a.m.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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