Vinson has dislocated shoulder Ex-Towson star expected to be out several weeks

Ravens notebook

Boulware's work praised

August 01, 1998|By Mike Preston and Eduardo Encina | Mike Preston and Eduardo Encina,SUN STAFF

Fullback Tony Vinson had an MRI yesterday that showed a dislocated left shoulder, which could set him back several weeks.

Vinson, who played at Towson State, was listed as the third fullback on the depth chart, but contributes most on special teams. He was hurt during practice Thursday when linebacker Ray Lewis hit Vinson during drills.

Initially, it was thought he would only be out 7-10 days. But the dislocation will keep him from practicing for at least two weeks, at the end of which another MRI will be performed and he will be reevaluated. In the meantime, Vinson will lift weights to try to strengthen the shoulder.

Missing practice time is a missed opportunity to keep his job, but Vinson said he's concentrating on recovering.

"If you worry about [saving your job], especially during training camp, it will drive you crazy," he said. "In training camp, you have a hard-enough time as it is, so in this situation, you just have to keep your mind on getting back out there and doing your job. And my job is special teams and offense, and that's what my mind is on."

Boulware in form

While top draft pick Duane Starks continues to be a no-show, linebacker Peter Boulware has adapted to his first training camp. Last year, he was in the same situation as Starks.

"Peter is doing a great job," Ravens head coach Ted Marchibroda said. "He's here, doing the drills and doing them well. He's playing linebacker the way it should be played."

Although Marchibroda has been impressed with Boulware, the linebacker has run gingerly on occasion, still recovering from sore feet that he said have hindered him since last season.

"It's been a pain," Boulware said. "But it's just something you have to go through."

Hughes adjusting

The Ravens' latest addition, defensive back Tyrone Hughes, was used primarily as a punt and kick returner by the Bears last season, with occasional duty on nickel packages. With the Ravens, the five-year NFL veteran has been getting his most reps at cornerback and said he is still adjusting to his new team and teammates.

"It's coming along pretty well," he said. "The defense is very similar to the formations and routes that I did in New Orleans. Now, it's just a matter of getting them down."

Roe hurts leg

James Roe has been impressive in camp thus far as he tries to nail down the third-receiver slot, but yesterday he hit a bump in the road when he injured his right quadricaps muscle during the morning practice.

The injury is not believed to be serious. Roe has been competing with Floyd Turner and rookie Patrick Johnson for the third spot.

Also on the injury front, Jermaine Lewis, who sat out Thursday's practice with a hip-flexor problem, worked out lightly in the morning, but took a full practice in the afternoon.

"He wanted to practice in this morning," Marchibroda said. "But we held him back. It was good to give him a day extra rather than bringing him back a day too soon."

Despite the rash of minor injuries just one week after the veterans reported, Marchibroda said he isn't concerned.

"I'm very comfortable with that," the coach said. "We're lucky that we haven't had anything major. When you're practicing and practicing very well, you're going to have some minor injuries."

LB Wright added

The Ravens signed former Eagles linebacker Sylvester Wright yesterday. Wright, a third-year pro out of Kansas, sat out the entire season last year after he was waived by Philadelphia after training camp. In 1996, he led the Eagles in special-team tackles with 31.

Wright practiced during the afternoon session yesterday.

Camaraderie helps

Defensive tackle Larry Webster arrived at training camp with the benefit of a productive off-season. Unlike in 1997, when Webster was suspended by the NFL and forbidden from attending minicamp and optional team workouts, he was able to work out with the team.

He's noticed a difference in his performance and attitude in camp. "It's a big advantage to be able to work out with the team," he said. "I know what changes are being made in the defense and I know what I need to work on. But most importantly, I feel like I'm a part of the team."

To Webster, not being able to participate in workouts with his teammates was the biggest drawback of the 1997 season.

"Last year, I missed the camaraderie. I missed hanging out with the guys," he said. "Now, I'm here with the fellas, getting reps and learning the defense. It makes me work harder being here. Last year, I went in and lifted by myself. I could still motivate myself, but that team camaraderie gives me the best motivation."

"Last year, I felt was incomplete without [the minicamp and workouts]. Now, this feels like a full year for me."

Shift boosts Goeas

Starting left guard Leo Goeas was cut by the Ravens during the off-season and signed with the Super Bowl-champion Denver Broncos. Goeas had a chance to sign with Denver before the 1997 season, but received a better deal from the Ravens.

He regrets his decision.

"Things didn't work out from day one," Goeas said. "I think it was a conflict between the general manager [referring to Ravens vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome] and the offensive line coach [Kirk Ferentz]. The coach really wanted me, but Ozzie was unsure.

"He went along with it, but I don't think he really wanted me there from the very beginning," Goeas said. "It was a constant battle and I felt it. Finally, they tried to put another guy in when I was doing a good job. That lasted all but one game and I was back in there.

"I was going to sign here [Denver before 1997] but the money was significantly different. Basically, I took the money but I was regretting it when I was watching Jason Elam and Maa Tanuvasa in the Super Bowl. I was saying, 'Man, I've got to get over there and stop kidding myself.' "

Pub Date: 8/01/98

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