Banged-up Ravens are recovering J. Lewis is probable for Chargers Sunday despite sore shoulder

Tight end Green may play

Herring out

Harris to start at free safety

November 10, 1998|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Injured Ravens wide receiver Jermaine Lewis is expected to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but free safety Kim Herring will not and tight end Eric Green's status will be determined this morning.

It's that time of the season when injuries are starting to mount, as two starters -- Lewis (concussion) and Herring (dislocated left shoulder) -- were hurt in the Ravens' 13-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Meanwhile, Green is trying to recover from a dislocated left pinkie he injured in practice last week.

Lewis, the team's leader in receptions with 29 for 565 yards and five touchdowns, suffered a concussion with 12: 17 left in the game after getting sandwiched between two players.

But Lewis, who had a sore collarbone and shoulder yesterday, was listed as probable after meeting with trainer Bill Tessendorf in the morning. Lewis, 5 feet 7 and 172 pounds, said he has had three concussions in the three years he has been with the Ravens, but has no fear of playing in the league.

Lewis also is one of the top punt returners in the league, averaging 13.5 yards on 22 returns. A year ago, he suffered a concussion in San Diego, where the Ravens travel Sunday to play the Chargers.

"Some of those guys kept coming over and unloading on me," said Lewis, who was asked to block several times at the line of scrimmage. "I don't want this to keep happening, but I have no fear. Football is a tough game, and I've taken tough hits all year. It's all part of the game."

Herring dislocated his left shoulder for the second time this season with 9: 23 left in the third quarter. Herring was tackling Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman but also collided with teammates Jamie Sharper, an outside linebacker, and defensive tackle Tony Siragusa.

It was the second time Siragusa has taken out a teammate this season. He dislocated middle linebacker Ray Lewis' elbow in the team's first game against Jacksonville.

Herring, in his second year, is 13th on the team in tackles with 23. He first injured the shoulder in the second game of the season against the New York Jets and missed two games. He will be evaluated by team doctors at the end of this week to determine his status.

"It's hard to move right now," said Herring. "I've got pain all the time. All I heard was 'I'm sorry' from Jamie and Goose. Friendly fire, it happens. At least we were going after the ball."

Herring will be replaced by Corey Harris, who is 10th on the team with 28 tackles. Harris has played a lot on special teams and in extra-man passing situations.

"The last time I was in this situation, I generally knew what to do," said Harris. "But I've learned more detail in game situations than from a chalkboard."

Green dislocated his left pinkie last Wednesday in practice and had minor surgery that night. There was a chance he could have played against the Raiders, but coach Ted Marchibroda didn't want to risk further injury.

Green is expected to meet with team doctor Claude T. Moorman, director of sports medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and doctor Andy Eglseder, a hand specialist at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, this morning to see if he can play Sunday.

Green is the team's fifth-leading receiver with 18 catches for 283 yards. He has missed two other games this season because of a ruptured air sac that occurred in the fifth game this season against the Tennessee Oilers. Green's replacement, Brian LTC Kinchen, had two catches for 12 yards against the Raiders and had one of his better blocking games.

"Right now it looks like Eric will play pending the review with the doctors," said Tessendorf.

Next for Ravens

Opponent: San Diego Chargers

Site: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

When: Sunday, 4: 05 p.m.

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

Series: Chargers lead 1-0

Last meeting: Chargers won, 21-17, on Sept. 28, 1997, in San Diego

Line: Ravens by 1

Pub Date: 11/10/98

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