Fracture could knock Siragusa out of lineup Injured finger makes tackle 'doubtful' for Oilers game

December 12, 1997|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Ravens starting defensive tackle Tony Siragusa is expected to have surgery on his right hand this morning and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Oilers at Memorial Stadium.

Team doctor Claude T. Moorman met with Siragusa last night at the team's Owings Mills complex to take a look at studies of Siragusa's right middle finger that has a spiral fracture. The Ravens had been hoping for some type of cast for the finger.

But Moorman ruled that out last night.

"We had the fracture in a splint since Sunday, but since then it has moved and it is an unstable fracture," Moorman said last night. "So he will have to undergo surgery and the procedure takes about an hour."

Siragusa, 6 feet 3 and 320 pounds, first hurt the hand in the Ravens' 31-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. He went in for X-rays, but later returned to play in the game. Siragusa is ninth on the team with 42 tackles this season, but, more importantly, he keeps blockers off middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who leads the league in tackles with 185.

Siragusa, signed by the Ravens during the off-season, missed two starts earlier this season with a knee injury. If Siragusa doesn't play, Larry Webster, out of the University of Maryland, will start in his place.

Webster has played in every game this season, starting two, and has 22 tackles. The Ravens will need a strong effort from their defensive line, because the Oilers have the No. 3 rushing attack in the league, averaging 147.7 yards a game.

Tennessee also has one of the league's top rushers in Eddie George, who has gained 1,245 yards on 315 carries. Even though Siragusa is listed as doubtful Sunday, Moorman said his status would be questionable for the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cinergy Field.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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