Boulware may get hit from league NFL plans to review tackle of Jets' Foley

Ravens notebook

November 04, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Legal or not? Linebacker Peter Boulware could find out soon whether he was on the right side of the rules, regarding his takedown of New York quarterback Glenn Foley early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss to the Jets.

Boulware charged into the backfield untouched to nail Foley just after he released an incomplete pass. On the play, Boulware wrapped up Foley, then slammed him onto the turf as the two rolled over. The collision left Foley dazed enough to turn the offense over to Neil O'Donnell for a play, before Foley re-entered and eventually led the Jets to victory.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, although Boulware did not draw a penalty for the hit, he still could be hit with a fine by the league for violating a rule that protects quarterbacks.

"There is enough there to take a look [at the video] to see if the rules were violated," Aiello said. "The rules say you can't slam a quarterback to the ground."

Ravens owner Art Modell said he doesn't think Boulware went too far.

"It wasn't that blatant," Modell said. "He took an extra step, and it was something that happened in the heat of the moment. I'd be hard-pressed to think someone in the league office would think that is worthy of a fine."

Said Boulware: "If the referee throws a flag, then I messed up. But he didn't throw a flag."

Jackson injures biceps

As if wide receiver Michael Jackson isn't frustrated enough -- he has gone six games without scoring a touchdown and has just two scores on the year -- Jackson got some bad health news yesterday.

An MRI exam revealed Jackson has suffered a right biceps rupture. Trainer Bill Tessendorf said Jackson probably will not practice tomorrow, and that over the next day or so, the level of soreness will dictate Jackson's availability for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

The good news is the injury should not require surgery.

"We had three or four players who had the same type of injury in Cleveland, and we took care of those injuries with non-operative treatment," Tessendorf said. "A lot depends on how [Jackson] feels later in the week."

Receiver Jermaine Lewis' sprained ankle looked better than anticipated yesterday. Although he might miss some practice this week, Lewis should be ready for the Steelers game.

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who suffered a sprained right wrist, reported no problems after lifting weights yesterday.

Second thoughts

On the possession before the Ravens drove 80 yards for the game-tying touchdown at the end of regulation, they came up short at the Jets' 13 on a fourth-and-two.

On that play, with the Ravens trailing 16-9, coach Ted Marchibroda elected to go for the first down. But quarterback Vinny Testaverde's pass to receiver Derrick Alexander fell incomplete, after Alexander slipped and fell on the wet Giants Stadium turf as he made his cut to the outside.

Marchibroda said he thought about settling for a field goal.

"Sure, I did. But I thought that was our best chance to get a touchdown right at that point," Marchibroda said. "If we get the first down, we've got a better chance of getting a touchdown. I can't choreograph the game down to the last three seconds [when Alexander caught the game-tying pass]."

Alexander steady

With that touchdown grab, his seventh of the season, Alexander extended his team lead in that category. He also took over the team lead in receptions (42) and yardage (567).

"I'm not putting up spectacular numbers, but they're good," Alexander said.

The Ravens are the only team in the NFL that has three receivers with at least 520 yards receiving. Jackson has 565 yards on 41 catches, while Jermaine Lewis has produced 520 yards on 30.

Belichick tampering?

The Ravens are considering filing tampering charges against Jets assistant coach Bill Belichick for calling two Ravens linemen before Sunday's game, Wally Williams and Orlando Brown. Williams is a free agent after this season, but Brown is not.

Neither player would comment yesterday.

"We don't know what action, if any, we will take. But we're looking into it," Modell said.

A league source called Belichick's behavior "at the very least, unethical." Belichick coached the Cleveland Browns from 1991 to 1995. He was fired by Modell before the franchise's first season in Baltimore.

Kicking in

Not even the driving rain at Giants Stadium could knock Ravens kicker Matt Stover off course in his outstanding season. Stover connected on all three of his field-goal attempts, including a 41-yarder. He has made 22 of 24 attempts, including all 17 from inside the 40. "If the snapper and the holder do their job, you don't even think about [the weather]," he said. "When you start thinking about the elements, you get in trouble."

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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