Morris impresses in first practice Running back won't start, but will play on Sunday

Ravens notebook

September 25, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Bam Morris was back on the practice field yesterday for the first time since returning from his four-game suspension. Morris looked fit and moved well with the ball. He brought his usual brand of talk to the field as well.

Although some things have changed -- he said the Ravens added some new wrinkles to their playbook in his absence -- Morris said he believed in many ways as if he had never been gone.

"I might not be able to do carpenter work. I might not be the best art man," Morris said. "But I know I can play football. It's just like riding a bike.

"It felt great to be back out there, talking noise to everybody, having fun in 7-on-7 and 9-on-7 [drills] with a group of guys who are fighting for the same things I am. Overall, I didn't make too many mistakes. By Sunday, I'll be tuned up."

In one of his most glaring mistakes, Morris ran into left tackle Jonathan Ogden on a sweep, a collision that dropped Morris.

"He's a big part of the team. We know what he's going to bring to us, especially on game day," Ogden said. "It will be great to have him back there knocking people around again."

Coach Ted Marchibroda will not start Morris in San Diego on Sunday, although he plans to play him. "I'm not sure about his playing time," he said. "But he certainly looked good working today. He has the fresh legs."

Morris also said yesterday that he recently learned he has attention deficit disorder, something usually diagnosed in children. But Morris said he found out about the problem when he was home in Cooper, Texas, during his suspension.

"My mom said my nephew was diagnosed with it and told me I should get it checked out because I thought I had a problem when I was growing up," Morris said. "I got examined in Texas and the doctor told me it was a part of your brain that didn't develop clearly. Like sometimes I can start talking about something and then start talking about another subject without jumping off the first thing."

Morris said he expects to see a doctor soon about possible medication. He said the disorder had nothing to do with his recent suspensions.

Brown family expands

Offensive tackle Orlando Brown figures he has another future lineman on his hands. Sixteen months after his fiancee gave birth to their first son, Orlando Jr. -- who now weighs 50 pounds and wears a size-9 baby shoe -- Orlando Sr. has a new son.

Justin Wallace Holmes was born Tuesday, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Brown, the 6-foot-7, 350-pounder known as "Zeus" to his teammates, said he sees Justin catching up to Orlando Jr. in due time.

"He's got the same big feet and big hands as Orlando Jr.," said Brown, who slipped away from his newborn for a two-hour workout at the team's Owings Mills complex.

Zeier bides time

If there ever seemed like a time to get a backup quarterback some work, that time passed during the closing moments of Sunday's 36-10 rout of the Tennessee Oilers.

But Eric Zeier, the third-year passer who saw only one half of action last year -- when Vinny Testaverde was injured in the second quarter in San Francisco -- and has yet to take a regular-season snap in 1997, didn't sound too bothered.

"Obviously, you want to get in there as a player and a competitor, but the coaches didn't think the situation was right, and that's not my decision to make," Zeier said.

Et cetera

Going into their fifth game, the Ravens have yet to be favored. They are 3-1, 2-0 away from home and are hitting the road to play the 1-3 Chargers. The Ravens have the third-most prolific offense in the NFL with 110 points, and are allowing just over 17 points a game. And still, they are 1 1/2 -point underdogs. Defensive tackle Tony Siragusa (ankle) and receiver Ray Ethridge (knee, ankle) remain doubtful for Sunday. Tight end Eric Green (hamstring) and safety Rondell Jones (knee) are questionable. None practiced yesterday. Running backs Earnest Byner and Jay Graham will attend The Quarterback Club of Baltimore luncheon on Oct. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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