Kinchen, Frederick return to practice, full-workout drills Tight end wears cast on thumb for protection

Ravens Notebook

August 18, 1998|By Eduardo A. Encina | Eduardo A. Encina,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Mike Preston contributed to this article.

Tight end Brian Kinchen and defensive end Mike Frederick, two of the Ravens' top reserve players, returned to practice yesterday.

Kinchen practiced for the first time since suffering a thumb injury in the first week of training camp. Kinchen, despite staff recommendations that he not do so, practiced several routes, blocking patterns and long snaps. He also wore a cast.

"They weren't too gung-ho about it," Kinchen said. "The thing is that I feel well. I am not in pain. My thumb never really gave me any pain besides during the surgery. As long as it is immobilized, it is fine."

Kinchen, an 11-year veteran, backs up Eric Green and is the club's primary long snapper. He suffered a torn extensor tendon in his thumb July 29 while catching a pass during practice.

When Kinchen suffered the injury, doctors believed he would be out six weeks and possibly be back for the regular-season opener Sept. 6.

Kinchen underwent surgery on the thumb immediately and still wears a large hard cast on his thumb. Before the injury, Kinchen hadn't missed a practice in his professional career.

Frederick, second on the depth chart at left defensive end and a special teams player, injured his knee during a full contact drill on Aug. 2 and had to be carted off the field. Yesterday, Frederick participated in full practice.

"It's outstanding just to be out here," Frederick said. "When you're watching the guys, you're happy for them because they're having success. But you still want to go out and contribute. I got great support from my teammates and no one tried to rush me back too soon."

John Williams injured

Add reserve cornerback John Williams to the list of injured Ravens. Williams, second on the depth chart at left corner, was injured late in Saturday's victory over the New York Jets. On the Ravens' last defensive play, Williams fractured the ulna in his right arm while making a tackle.

The injury, which figures to keep him out for two weeks, is a setback for Williams, a second-year player out of Southern who had made his way up to the second team and also to the first-team special teams. It offers corners who are behind him on the depth chart, like Alfred Jackson and Tyrone Hughes, the opportunity to work with the second team.

"I was doing good [in camp]," Williams said. "As far as where I stand, I really don't know where I'm going to be. Right now, I just have to get over the injury so that I can get back out there."

Richardson ready

Third-string quarterback Wally Richardson didn't see his time to play coming on Saturday. Coach Ted Marchibroda had said that Richardson would not likely see action, as has been the case in every game he has put on a Ravens uniform. But Richardson did play in the final quarter in the rout of the Jets, a move he didn't anticipate.

"They told me the series before that I was going in, so I started throwing, but I couldn't really get loose," Richardson said.

Now with the Ravens playing their final two preseason games within five days next week, it offers the possibility of another chance for Richardson.

"They really haven't said, but you never know. I'll be ready," he said.

Cavil gets protection

Left guard Ben Cavil practiced yesterday afternoon with a face shield on his helmet to protect his right eye, still somewhat red, after suffering a lacerated right eyelid and an abrasion on his cornea during Saturday's game against the Jets.

"It's gotten a lot better" since Saturday, Cavil said. "Then I had blurred vision and it was very red and swollen."

Potts tests knee

Although fullback Roosevelt Potts' knee injury still ails him and it looked as though he might not have started, Potts played sparingly Saturday, testing the knee.

"Coaches just wanted to see if I was making progress and so I could see how it feels in a game situation," Potts said.

Potts had two carries for 5 yards on Saturday.

"It feels a lot better," Potts said. "I'm just looking forward to getting out there playing at full strength. We are practicing hard out there and looking forward to the season."

Et cetera

Wide receiver Jermaine Lewis left practice early yesterday after hurting an ankle, but X-rays were negative. Lewis will miss the next couple days of practice. The following players did not practice yesterday: Michael Jackson (shoulder), Stevon Moore (shoulder), Martin Chase (ankle), Donny Brady (knee), Larry Webster (hamstring), Rob Robertson (knee) and Brandon Dyson (hamstring). Best contact of the day had running back Errict Rhett plowing over linebacker Ray Lewis as Lewis attempted to rush the passer. Lewis then got to his feet and shoved Rhett in the face mask.

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Pub Date: 8/18/98

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