Ravens' Moore lost for 3 weeks Collision with Rhett dislocates shoulder

August 12, 1998|By Mike Preston and Eduardo A. Encina | Mike Preston and Eduardo A. Encina,SUN STAFF

Ravens strong safety Stevon Moore dislocated his left shoulder in practice yesterday and is expected to miss the next three weeks, according to trainer Bill Tessendorf.

He should be ready for the opener Sept. 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Moore, a 10-year veteran, collided with running back Errict Rhett during the last play of the 11-on-11 practice on a running play. Moore clutched his arm immediately before dropping to his back. He was helped off by Tessendorf and assistant Mark Smith.

Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said the trainers were able to put the shoulder back in place and team doctors examined Moore late last night.

Moore, his arm in a sling, declined to comment.

"That they were able to push the shoulder back in place is a good sign, medically speaking," said Marchibroda. "Hopefully, everything will be all right."

"Stevon is a big part of our team right now; he provides veteran leadership and is very positive," said secondary coach Alvin Reynolds.

Second-year player Ralph Staten will start during Moore's absence. Staten, out of the University of Alabama, started the last three games last season in place of Moore, who had two knee injuries. Staten finished the season with 30 tackles and two interceptions.

"Ralph showed last year he could play," said Reynolds. "He started the last three games, he made some plays. Safety is one position where we have a lot of depth."

After practice, Rhett said he didn't know exactly what happened, just that he had caught Moore in the shoulder with his helmet.

"I get paid to score touchdowns during games and during practice," said Rhett, who traded punches with Moore last week during another drill. "That's what I do, but this is unfortunate.

"I hope he is all right. He is competitive and we're the two most competitive guys out there."

Before the afternoon practice, Moore had said he was in his best hTC playing shape, mentally and physically, in recent years.

Last year, Moore played the first 12 games of the season with constant pain in his knees. Tests revealed both knees were fractured, bone rubbing against bone. In December, he had arthroscopic surgery on both knees. After three months of rehabilitation and six weeks in a wheelchair, Moore participated in June mini-camp and came to training camp with the injury behind him and optimistic for this season.

Before the injury last season, Moore had played in 77 consecutive games, although he sat out the 1989 and 1991 seasons with knee injuries.

Moore has been one of the mainstays of the organization, playing with the Ravens/Browns franchise since 1993. He has been among the team's top tacklers for five straight years.

"When it happened, he just kind of stayed there for a while, then fell down," said reserve safety Bennie Thompson. "He's a strong guy. Most guys that have been through what he's been through wouldn't be out there, but in the training room somewhere.

"He knows we need him out there. Without him out there, our secondary is kind of suspect. He calls signals and he is intense. We definitely need him and will miss him if he's gone for a while."

Ravens schedule


Date Opponent ......... Time TV/result

8/8 Chicago ................ W, 19-14

8/15 at N.Y. Jets ..... 5 ......... 13

8/24 Philadelphia ..... 7: 30 ..... 13

8/28 at N.Y. Giants ... 8 ......... 13

Regular season

Date Opponent ......... Time .... *TV

9/6 Pittsburgh ........ 1: 01 .... 13

9/13 at N.Y. Jets ..... 1: 01 .... 13

9/20 at Jacksonville .. 4: 15 .... 13

9/27 Cincinnati ....... 8: 20 .. ESPN

10/4 Bye

10/11 Tennessee ....... 1: 01 .... 13

10/18 at Pittsburgh ... 1: 01 .... 13

10/25 at Green Bay .... 1: 01 .... 13

11/1 Jacksonville ..... 1: 01 .... 13

11/8 Oakland .......... 1: 01 .... 13

11/15 at San Diego .... 4: 05 .... 13

11/22 at Cincinnati ... 4: 15 .... 13

11/29 Indianapolis .... 1: 01 .... 13

12/6 at Tennessee ..... 4: 15 .... 13

12/13 Minnesota ....... 4: 15 .... 45

12/20 at Chicago ...... 1: 01 .... 13

12/27 Detroit ......... 1: 01 .... 45

*-Regular-season home games must be sold out 72 hours in advance to be televised.

Pub Date: 8/12/98

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