Boulware suffers shoulder injury

June 13, 1999|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

The Ravens concluded their final minicamp yesterday with a light practice that proved uneventful -- that is, until Pro Bowl linebacker Peter Boulware suffered a minor shoulder injury during individual drills.

Near the end of the workout, Boulware partially dislocated his right shoulder while swinging his arm over a pop-up dummy. Boulware left the field immediately for treatment.

According to Bill Tessendorf, the Ravens' head trainer, Boulware should be ready for full-contact practices when the Ravens open their fourth training camp on July 28 at Western Maryland College in Westminster.

Boulware's shoulder "popped out and slipped back in. He needs to intensify his rehab program," Tessendorf said. "What is needed now is to strengthen the shoulder musculature."

Right-shoulder problems are not foreign to Boulware. During the season's first month in 1998, he suffered a rotator-cuff contusion on that shoulder. That did not prevent Boulware from starting all 16 games and earning a trip to his first Pro Bowl.

"At this point, if [weight training] works, it shouldn't be a problem for him when we go to camp. A lot is going to depend on how it progresses," Tessendorf said. "My crystal ball isn't real clear today."

Team spokesman Kevin Byrne said that if the injury had occurred during the season, it probably wouldn't have prevented Boulware from playing the next week.

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