J. Lewis' big return to lineup Receiver, kick returner eager to test injured ankle

Ravens notebook

August 27, 1998|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

If Jermaine Lewis wakes up this morning without excessive soreness in his injured left ankle, the Ravens' wide receiver probably will return to the starting lineup in tomorrow night's preseason finale against the New York Giants.

Lewis, who barely practiced last week and missed Monday's 23-6 victory over Philadelphia, went through a full workout yesterday.

"I think I need a tuneup for the main game," said Lewis, referring to the Sept. 6 regular-season opener against Pittsburgh. "I need to get out there."

"I think Jermaine will play, but it will depend on how the ankle holds up," coach Ted Marchibroda said. "He said it felt pretty good today, but [today] will be the sore day. We'll see how sore it is."

Lewis, who has moved from the slot position to wide-out, watched rookie Patrick Johnson take his place against the Eagles with impressive results -- three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

"He had a real good day. Speed is hard to deal with," Lewis said. "I'm still learning myself. I just got outside. I need to run more and more plays to get more comfortable there."

Lewis has caught two passes for 51 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown during the preseason. He also has returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown.

Brady gets down, dirty

Donny Brady could not erase a month's worth of frustration in a handful of plays against Philadelphia on Monday, but the Ravens' third-year cornerback got the most out of his limited appearance.

Brady, who went down with a bruised right knee during the first, full-squad workout at training camp on July 23, saw his first plays of the preseason against the Eagles. After joining the second-team defense with 3: 31 left in the game, Brady made his presence felt with two tackles, including a sack of Rodney Peete.

"I got dirty, and I felt happy," Brady said. "It took a lot off my chest. I've still got a lot of work to do to keep my knee and my leg strong, but it was the best feeling just to get out there."

Boulware turns into corner

He came out of college as a defensive end who was the nation's premier pass rusher. He spent his rookie year in 1997 learning how to play a new position, outside linebacker.

And for one play against Philadelphia on Monday, Peter Boulware turned into a cornerback -- sort of.

With tailback Charlie Garner lined up as a wide-out to the right, Boulware moved over to cover him, then ran with Garner step for step down the sideline. Initially, Boulware was in position to attempt an interception of Bobby Hoying's pass. But his chance was foiled by safety Ralph Staten, who came over to help and drew a pass-interference flag after plowing into Garner and Boulware.

"I'm used to going against 325-pound offensive tackles," Boulware said. "When I saw [Garner] line up out there, I knew the ball was coming his way. He's a pretty fast guy. I have never run that far down the field, man-to-man, to defend a deep ball."

Starters to get quarter

Marchibroda intends to play the bulk of his starters for the first quarter against New York, although he expects center Jeff Mitchell, left guard Wally Williams and fullback Roosevelt Potts to play longer. Potts has been bothered by a sore knee.

"Last week was the best Rosey has felt, and he's been OK this week," Marchibroda said.

Linebacker Cornell Brown, who pulled a hamstring in the first quarter against the Eagles, will not play. Tight end Brian Kinchen, whose recovery from thumb surgery has progressed quickly, could play. Backup defensive tackle Larry Webster (hamstring) will miss his third consecutive preseason game.

Marchibroda also said he expects No. 3 quarterback Wally Richardson to play the entire second half. Richardson took the first snaps of his two-year pro career against the Jets two weeks ago in the fourth quarter but did not attempt a pass.


The Ravens have sold out four of their eight regular-season games -- Sept. 6 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 1 vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 8 vs. Oakland and Nov. 29 vs. Indianapolis. About 4,500 tickets remain for the Sept. 27 game against Cincinnati. Also, 2,500 are left for the Tennessee game on Oct. 11, 3,500 remain for the Minnesota game on Dec. 13, and 4,800 are available for the regular-season finale against Detroit on Dec. 27.

Cornerback John Williams will have the cast removed from his fractured right arm today, and expects to return to practice next week.

Fullback Tony Vinson, who has been placed on injured reserve, may have surgery on his dislocated right shoulder next week. He is facing a rehabilitation of four to six months.

Floyd Turner takes over this week as the No. 3 receiver, a job that has been shared by Turner, Ryan Yarborough and James Roe in August. Rookie safety Ryan Sutter, cut earlier by the Ravens, is expected to work out for the Oakland Raiders today.

Next for Ravens

Opponent: New York Giants

Site: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

When: Tomorrow, 8 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 13/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Giants by 3

Coming Sunday

Special section: A look at the new stadium.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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