Two receivers hurting, so Roe may lend a hand Hit on Jets QB Foley to cost Boulware $7,500

Ravens notebook

November 07, 1997|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Ravens wide receiver James Roe seems to be enjoying a lot of attention this week.

With Michael Jackson (ruptured biceps) doubtful for Sunday's game and slot receiver Jermaine Lewis (ankle sprain) questionable, Roe has been getting in a lot of practice time.

Roe, a sixth-round pick in 1996, has spent most of his playing time on special teams this year. But the former Norfolk State product has some of the best hands on the team and has run with the first and second teams this week along with Ryan Yarborough.

Roe has been busy learning all the positions.

"Right now, I'm just trying to get comfortable in all those postions," Roe said. "I want to be ready if the coach needs me. I'm getting a lot of reps, but I don't know how much I will play."

Jackson did not practice with the team yesterday and Lewis, dressed in team sweat clothes, watched from the sideline.

NFL to fine Boulware

Rookie linebacker Peter Boulware will be fined $7,500 for his takedown of New York Jets quarterback Glenn Foley last Sunday, a league official said.

Boulware charged into the backfield untouched in the fourth quarter to nail Foley after he released an incomplete pass. He wrapped up Foley, then slammed him to 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.

"I don't understand it; maybe I don't understand the NFL yet," Boulware said. "I thought if you did something wrong on the field, you got a penalty. I didn't think you got penalized for being aggressive, especially when there wasn't a call."

Everitt fallout

Ravens players were disappointed to hear about an incident involving former teammate and center Steve Everitt earlier this week. Everitt, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia early Tuesday morning near his home in Mount Laurel, N.J.

"I hated to hear it," said Ravens kicker Matt Stover. "I was hoping Steve was a better person than that, but again, I don't have all the details and information."

Said offensive tackle Orlando Brown, one of Everitt's closest friends: "I'm surprised by it. He is not like that. I haven't talked to him, but I plan on it soon."

Goeas situation

Ravens management is perturbed about speculation around the league that left guard Leo Goeas was benched recently because he is close to securing incentive bonuses for required playing time in his contract.

Goeas, who declined to comment yesterday, was replaced at left guard by Ben Cavil three weeks ago.

"I would just say we hope this is not happening," said Goeas' agent, Mark Bartelstein.

The Ravens previously said Goeas was starting over Cavil because he had more experience, while Cavil was considered a stronger run blocker.

Said Ravens owner Art Modell: "There has never been a situation like that in my 37 years with the team, and there will never be one like that for another 37 years."

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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