Siragusa has ankle sprain, is questionable Tackle's status for game to be determined tomorrow

Ravens notebook

October 24, 1998|By Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht | Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Ravens starting defensive tackle Tony Siragusa has been listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Green Bay Packers because of a sprained ankle.

Siragusa, the team's eighth-leading tackler with 29, injured the ankle Thursday in practice during a nine-on-seven drill. He sat out yesterday's practice because the ankle was swollen. His status for the game will be determined tomorrow.

"It's just swollen a little bit," said Siragusa. "We'll see how it feels Sunday. If it's up to me, I'm playing."

If Siragusa can't play, he'll be replaced by former University of Maryland standout Larry Webster, who has three tackles this season. Siragusa's absence would be a severe blow because he has played well this season and been an anchor of the team's run defense.

"I don't know if he is going to play," said Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda. "I talked with Tess [trainer Bill Tessendorf], and he said there might be a sore tendon in there. We'll wait and see. Goose is very important in stopping the run."

Kinchen to handle snaps

Ravens tight end Brian Kinchen is expected to handle all the snapping duties on special teams even though he is starting in place of the injured Eric Green, out for another game with a ruptured air sac.

The Ravens signed defensive end/long snapper Paul Frase on Oct. 14, but Frase doesn't expect to play much tomorrow.

"I'm not sure," Frase said about playing. "Brian has been their snapper for a long time, and they are comfortable with him. But I'll be ready if called upon."

Cavil may get call

Reserve left guard Ben Cavil might get his first extensive playing time of the season tomorrow. Jeff Mitchell is expected to start at center, but he has been bothered by a groin injury. If Mitchell gets re-injured, then Wally Williams would move from left guard to center and Cavil would replace Williams.

Cavil would get his share of blocking on nose tackle Gilbert Brown along with Mitchell, Williams and right guard Jeff Blackshear.

"I prepare the same way every week," said Cavil. "They got a good front and Gilbert Brown is one of the best nose guards in the business."

Potts' confidence intact

Fullback Roosevelt Potts said his performance against Pittsburgh left something to be desired. By his admission, Potts allowed a sack and three other quarterback pressures on a day in which his best blocking clearly was not on display.

Potts added there is no doubt about who belongs in the backfield. Marchibroda said he intends to take a good look at second-year fullback Kenyon Cotton tomorrow in Green Bay.

"I should have played better last week. We would have scored a touchdown if I didn't give up that sack. But I haven't done anything to lose my job. It's still my job to lose," Potts said. "It's right for them to put Kenyon in there if they want to. I'm still the best fullback here. I know that."

Bad knees grounding Moore

Veteran strong safety Stevon Moore wants to play as badly and as often as anyone. His surgically repaired knees aren't cooperating, however.

The Ravens have taken Moore out of their nickel package, mainly because his speed is lacking. That is partly due to his rehabilitation. Moore has had some minor setbacks since the start of training camp. He realizes his knees probably won't be perfectly sound until the off-season.

"It takes a little longer to recover after this kind of surgery. The right knee is good, the left not so good, but you have to keep working through it," Moore said. "I feel like I'm getting healthier. I don't think my knees are a big factor [in his reduced play].

"I take pride in being on the field. I hate coming off the field."

Pro Bowl voting begins

Ravens fans will have the chance to send their favorite players to the 1999 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Pro Bowl balloting will take place at the next two home games against Jacksonville (Nov. 1) and Oakland (Nov. 8). Ballots will be distributed to fans inside the stadium.

Fans who cast ballots will be eligible to win a trip to the Pro Bowl. Voting also is available through the NFL's Web site, nfl.com.

Pub Date: 10/24/98

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