Harbaugh elbows away pain arm OK after 1st full game

Ravens notebook

QB uses exercise, icing to stave off tendinitis

November 06, 1998|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Gary Lambrecht contributed to this article.

Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh said he has experienced virtually no pain in his right (throwing) elbow after playing his first full game Sunday, a 45-19 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Harbaugh hyper-extended his right ring finger in the first half of the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, then developed tendinitis in his right elbow soon afterward.

Harbaugh started but didn't finish a half in the next two games. He eventually was replaced by Eric Zeier, who started the next four games before Harbaugh replaced him in the second half against the Green Bay Packers.

Harbaugh completed his first full game of the season against Jacksonville, hitting on 27 of 34 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Harbaugh also had 57 yards rushing on 10 carries and finally showed the big-play potential the Ravens were seeking when they traded for him Feb. 14.

"There has not really been that much pain and I'm not too `D concerned," Harbaugh said. "I thought my arm might be a little bit more sore than normal, but it's OK. I've been doing more strengthening exercises and icing before and after every practice. I want to keep it [tendinitis] from coming back."

Woodson vs. Brown

Rod Woodson and Tim Brown know where their careers will wind up -- in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Watching them battle one another Sunday figures to be an entertaining game within a game.

Woodson, a 12-year veteran, was voted onto the NFL's 75th anniversary team. Brown, an 11-year veteran, ranks as the Raiders' career leader in receptions (632), receiving yards (9,028) and total yardage (13,395). Brown, who made his mark as a return man early in his career, holds career marks in punt returns (301) and punt return yards (3,083).

The rivalry goes back to college.

"I like the guy," said Woodson, a Purdue alumnus. "Even though he went to Notre Dame, I still respect him. He's still one of the better receivers in the league."

"I imagine the Ravens will put their speed guy [Duane Starks] on James Jett, and line me up with Rod," Brown said. "It's exciting to go out and play against a guy like that. People say he's lost a step. Well, he's made up for that with what he's learned about the game."

Rundown feeling

Ravens right guard Jeff Blackshear has been the subject of some good-natured fun from family and friends after his ill-fated attempt to run down the Jaguars' Donovin Darius on Sunday after Darius recovered a fumble and ran 83 yards for a touchdown.

Blackshear came within 10 yards of him around the Ravens' 25 before Darius easily pulled away. The touchdown run was shown on ESPN's "SportsCenter." The word "lumbering" truly applied to Blackshear.

"The guys were cracking a lot of jokes on me, especially when we were watching the film," said Blackshear, who jokingly admits to running the 40-yard dash in 1 minute, 32 seconds. "And my family called me from home. They saw it on television. I didn't expect to be on ESPN like that. I guess that was my ESPN highlight."

Boulware shoulder hurting

Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware has struggled with a shoulder injury since Week 2, and he doesn't expect it to heal until after the season.

Each game, Boulware runs back to the huddle with what seems to be a separated shoulder. The injury has been diagnosed as an irritated rotator cuff.

"It hurts a lot, but I can't tell you what the injury is," said Boulware, who's seventh on the team in tackles with 39. "Every time my arm gets yanked out in a certain way, I feel a lot of pain and it's weak for the rest of the game."

Folau back in the fold

Reserve offensive lineman Spencer Folau is back with the Ravens after spending a week on the unemployment line. The Ravens cut him last week, but Folau re-signed Tuesday evening, but not before having workouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.

L Folau said he will be backing up left tackle Jonathan Ogden.

"They told me they were going to bring me back. I believed them but you just never know," Folau said. "I just kept working out and it turned out fine. I'd rather be here on this team."

Rookie's test: McCrary

One of the matchups that may work in the Ravens' favor is defensive end Michael McCrary vs. Raiders rookie left tackle Mo Collins.

McCrary has 8 1/2 sacks this year, and 29 in the past two seasons. Collins, 6-4 and 335 pounds, was the 23rd player chosen in the 1998 draft.

"We need to do a better job of protecting the passer," said Raiders coach Jon Gruden, whose team has allowed 34 sacks. "This could be an experience for Mo, an eye-opener, because McCrary is a great pass rusher. Mo is making some strides; he got his weight down. He is looking forward to being a left tackle in this league."

Collins already has McCrary's respect.

"He is in the NFL and starting for a reason," McCrary said. "They're not just putting anyone out there to protect the quarterback's blind side. He is a big guy."

Et cetera

Coach Ted Marchibroda said he expected defensive end Rob Burnett to play Sunday. Burnett injured his back lifting weights -- Wednesday morning and didn't practice yesterday. If Burnett doesn't play, he'll be replaced by Keith Washington, who has performed well during Burnett's past absences because of knee problems. Reserve end Mike Frederick (back) did not practice and right tackle Orlando Brown (ankle) took it easy. Sunday's game would have marked the return of Eric Turner to Baltimore. Turner started at safety for the Ravens in the inaugural 1996 season, but was cut after the first year. He was having a good season in Oakland until he suffered a foot injury that will cause him to miss a second straight game.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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