Taylor is serious but stable after four-hour operation Recovery for lineman may take up to 4 months

November 27, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht and Dail Willis

Leland Taylor, the rookie defensive tackle for the Ravens injured in a car accident Monday night, remained in serious, but stable, condition yesterday at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent four hours of surgery.

Taylor, who suffered a broken right leg and multiple fractures and ligament damage in his right foot, passed sobriety tests and was not charged in the single-car accident at Reisterstown Road and Naylors Lane in Pikesville, Baltimore County Police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

Taylor told officers at the scene that his brakes failed as he approached the T-shaped intersection shortly before midnight, and he could neither turn nor stop his car. The car went through pTC fence at the Druid Ridge cemetery at the intersection, Toohey said.

A rod has been inserted in his leg, which should heal in three to four months, according to team physician Claude T. Moorman.

"There's a chance that he'll play next season, but right now it's a wait-and-see thing," Moorman said. "The foot is the big problem."

The Ravens replaced Taylor, who had played in one game this season -- recording an assisted tackle against San Diego on Sept. 28 -- by signing defensive tackle Dwaine Robinson, 6-4, 290, to their practice roster yesterday.

Robinson, 22, a rookie out of Virginia Union, was cut by the Washington Redskins at the end of training camp.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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