McCrary in rush to face old team Says of Seahawks: 'It's hard for me to say anything nice'

Ravens notebook

December 03, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Defensive end Michael McCrary, third on the Ravens with 63 tackles and second on the team with eight sacks, has been eyeing this week's matchup with visiting Seattle since the 1997 schedule came out last spring.

McCrary left Seattle in April, following his fourth season with the Seahawks, who allowed him to leave via free agency after McCrary tied for the AFC lead with 13.5 sacks.

"It's going to be fun. I just hope I'm able to sleep this week. It's hard for me to say anything nice about Seattle," said McCrary, who will battle rookie left tackle Walter Jones on Sunday. "Coaches try to hype you up for games all the time. They definitely don't need to tell me anything this week." The Ravens' bruised secondary, bracing for another tough test against Seattle quarterback and future Hall of Famer Warren Moon, may get safety Rondell Jones (strained groin) back for Sunday's game, and there is an outside shot that cornerback Eugene Daniel (hamstring) could play.

Meanwhile, cornerbacks Antonio Langham and DeRon Jenkins, who each suffered sacrum (lower back) contusions, are expected to practice today, and to start on Sunday.

Then there's nine-year veteran safety Stevon Moore, who presses on despite an injured left knee that continues to cut into his practice time, but has yet to interrupt his game days.

Moore, who had arthroscopic surgery on the knee Aug. 1 and returned 30 days later to play in the season opener against Jacksonville, has made 77 consecutive starts, the longest streak on the team.

Moore leads the Ravens with four interceptions and is second on the team with 86 tackles.

He is considering having knee surgery after the season.

"Maybe I just need to rest it and rehab it, but we're going to look into [surgery] too," Moore said.

"I'm not trying to win any iron-man awards. That's just the way I approach the job. It would be easy for me to say I can't play, because I'm beat up right now, and we're not going to the playoffs and all that.

"But if there's a game on the schedule, I have a game to play. I don't care if we're 1-14."

It's an attitude coach Ted Marchibroda appreciates.

"Stevon may not practice during the week, but he's going to be ready to go on Sunday," Marchibroda said. "Stevon lines up every week. He's a pro's pro."

Goeas undergoes surgery

Left guard Leo Goeas had successful surgery on Monday to repair a torn left pectoral muscle.

Team physician Claude T. Moorman, who performed the surgery at Kernan Hospital, said Goeas should return in time for training camp next July.

Goeas will keep his arm immobilized in a sling for about four weeks, before beginning range-of-motion exercises. Moorman said Goeas will begin serious weightlifting in about four months.

Going down kicking

Kicker Matt Stover did not attempt a field goal Sunday, yet dropped into second place among all-time field-goal percentage leaders who have kicked at least 100 field goals. Philadelphia's Chris Boniol, who kicked a game-winning, 31-yard field goal against Cincinnati Sunday, is now 101-for-121, for an 83.5 percent success rate.

Stover is second with an 81.3 conversion rate. He has made 152 of 187 for his career, and is 25-for-28 this season. Boniol succeeded Stover at Louisiana Tech.

Stover is fifth in the AFC with 98 kicking points, and in recent weeks has been victimized by the Ravens' sputtering offense. He needs 16 points to surpass his single-season career high of 113 recorded in 1995.

Et cetera

The Ravens have not committed a turnover in back-to-back games for the first time in the team's 29-game history, although they are 0-2 over that stretch. The Ravens have now gone 10 straight quarters without a turnover. Michael Jackson's five catches in Jacksonville last week give him 300 for his career. He has 4,726 yards and 45 touchdowns, and is averaging a score once every 6.7 receptions. That's tops among active receivers with 200 or more catches. Jerry Rice is second with a 6.8 average. Receiver Jermaine Lewis and running back Jay Graham, who each aggravated ankle injuries in Jacksonville, are expected to practice today.

Next for Ravens

Opponent: Seattle Seahawks

Site: Memorial Stadium

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 11 (subject to blackout rule)/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Ravens by 1 1/2

Tickets: 5,000 remain

Series: First meeting

Pub Date: 12/03/97

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