Roby could give Ravens a leg up just in case Veteran punter might cover if Montgomery's foot injury lingers

July 18, 1998|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Seeking insurance in case punter Greg Montgomery falters in recovering from a foot injury he suffered during last month's minicamp, the Ravens are looking into the possibility of acquiring 15-year veteran Reggie Roby.

Roby, who will be 37 later this month, worked out for the team yesterday at its Owings Mills complex.

"At this point, Reggie is there in the event we need an insurance policy, but I think we're fine with Greg," Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said.

Montgomery hurt his right foot in a freak accident, which occurred during the taping of a promotional spot on the team's practice field. Montgomery accidentally kicked a video camera while punting.

He suffered a chipped bone in the front of his foot. According to team doctor Claude T. Moorman, the injury usually takes about six weeks to heal.

By the time veterans take the Western Maryland College field at training camp on Friday, he said Montgomery's recovery should be nearly complete.

"We'll see where he is on Friday when he comes back, but he's doing a good job of taking care of it," Moorman said. "We were thinking that, by camp, he'd be back to kicking. He may not be at full speed. We'll bring him along slowly. He should have a full recovery."

Roby played for Tennessee last year. In 16 games, he averaged 41.8 yards on 73 punts. Roby, 6 feet 2, 258 pounds, was originally drafted in the sixth round by Miami in 1983, and he spent 10 years with the Dolphins. He has played for Washington, Tampa Bay and the Oilers since. For his career, he has averaged 43.4 yards on 932 punts.

Montgomery, a 10-year veteran, averaged 42.7 yards on 83 kicks last season.

In other news, the Ravens will put 6,000 tickets for each of the team's first two home preseason games -- Aug. 8 against Chicago and Aug. 24 against Philadelphia -- on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium at Camden Yards, or by calling 410-481-SEAT.

Pub Date: 7/18/98

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