Extra time off shrinks injury list Boulware has sore back

Ravens Notebook

dislocated thumb may put Ethridge out for year

October 14, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

The bye week gave the Ravens plenty of time to address their bumps and bruises. As many as nine players missed practice last week to get treated for various injuries. Yesterday, only rookie linebacker Peter Boulware and second-year receiver Ray Ethridge did not work out.

Boulware has been troubled for several weeks with a sore lower back. Trainer Bill Tessendorf says he thinks the injury is muscular, since X-rays have revealed no structural damage. Boulware is scheduled to have a precautionary bone scan today and could practice tomorrow.

"It's not that I can't practice or perform. I could have practiced today, and I can't really afford to miss practice," Boulware said.

His back "is still sore and tight. It's been bothering me for about three weeks. I really threw it out last week [against Pittsburgh]. I'm just hoping to rest it and ride this out."

Ethridge figures to be getting even more rest. The Ravens are expected to place him on injured reserve with a partially dislocated right thumb. That roster move would sideline Ethridge for the rest of the season.

Ethridge, who also has been hobbled by knee and ankle injuries this year, originally injured the thumb during the preseason.

Said Tessendorf: "Once we got [the thumb] settled down, and he started making catches again, it started to flare up on him again."

Testaverde's dad OK

Quarterback Vinny Testaverde was back at work and looking relieved yesterday. On Thursday, his father, Al, underwent successful bypass heart surgery on Long Island. Testaverde and his family drove to New York on Wednesday, and missed two practices while remaining there until Saturday.

Al is home and resting comfortably.

"It was important for me to be there for him, and it was important for him to have me there," Testaverde said. "Family comes first. Always has, always will.

"He was scheduled for surgery a few weeks ago, so it's been on my mind. He's relieved, I'm relieved. Now I can keep my mind on football only."

Family week

Many of the players took advantage of their free weekend by heading back to their hometowns for family visits.

Cornerback Eugene Daniel visited his family in Baton Rouge, La., where he made a memorable stop at LSU, his alma mater. There, he watched LSU hand top-ranked Florida a 28-21 upset.

"That's only the second time in my 14 [NFL] years that I've had a chance to see a game [at LSU]. And what a great game that was to see."

Pub Date: 10/14/97

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