Dislocated finger to sideline Green

November 07, 1998|By Gary Lambrecht

For the third time in nine games, the Ravens will be without tight end Eric Green, who has been ruled out of tomorrow's game against the Oakland Raiders with a dislocated left pinkie.

Green, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, one day after having surgery to repair the finger, should be ready for next week's game in San Diego.

Eleven-year veteran Brian Kinchen will start in Green's place, with A. J. Ofodile as a backup.

"Eric is a valuable part of this team, but nobody is hanging his head about [losing him] or worrying about it," Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh said. "We have other people who can play that position. We'll be fine."

Green has fallen victim to two injuries under unusual circumstances. In the first quarter of the Oct. 11 game against Tennessee, he fell on the football awkwardly and suffered a ruptured air sac in his chest. He missed the next two games, before returning last week against Jacksonville.

On Wednesday, during a light-contact practice with no pads, Green injured his finger when he tangled it in a teammate's jersey while blocking.

"It's the first time I've seen injuries like that," coach Ted Marchibroda said.

Pub Date: 11/07/98

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