McCrary heads surgery blitz

Broken hand, knuckle rebuilt as end, Boulware among 9 to have surgery

Ravens

March 02, 2001|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

It's been a busy first month of the off-season for the Ravens' medical staff.

Since winning the Super Bowl on Jan. 28, no less than nine Ravens have undergone surgery, including defensive end Michael McCrary, who shattered a knuckle on his right index finger during the game.

In an attempt to strip the ball from New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, McCrary broke his right hand when he smashed it against the helmet of safety Rod Woodson. After going to the locker room for X-rays, McCrary returned to collect his second sack of the game in the fourth quarter.

The day after the game, Dr. Andrew Eglseder performed a bone graft, and inserted a plate, two pins, four screws and a tension wire in the hand. McCrary already has regained much of the motion in his finger.

"Everything to date looks good," said Ravens trainer Bill Tessendorf. "He worked hard to get his motion back."

As complex as McCrary's 3 1/2 -hour surgery was, it was not the most haunting of the off-season. That was linebacker Peter Boulware's.

Boulware, who went through a difficult rehabilitation process after two operations on his chronically dislocated right shoulder, had an arthroscopic exam of his left shoulder on Feb. 2 to repair a torn labrum. That injury, Tessendorf said, is the precursor to dislocations.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Claude T. Moorman, head team physician, and should minimize the risk of future dislocation, Tessendorf said.

"We're so far ahead of the curve from where we've been the previous two years," coach Brian Billick said of Boulware's rehabilitation. "Plus, I think Peter has a very real appreciation for what he has to do. ... Given his history, we have to be fairly optimistic because this is the lesser of the three surgeries."

Billick said he did not believe Boulware would be under any limitations when training camp starts this summer.

Other players who have had surgery since the end of the season include center Jeff Mitchell (left knee), guards Mike Flynn (right knee) and Edwin Mulitalo (both elbows), defensive tackle Sam Adams (finger), linebacker Cornell Brown (right knee), special teamer Billy Davis (quadriceps tear) and practice squad center Rod Payne (right knee).

Davis has the longest rehabilitation. He won't be able to lift weights for eight weeks, or run for 12.

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