Modells will pass on trip to Cleveland


For third year in row, Art, David won't travel to see Ravens vs. Browns

Pro Football

October 19, 2001|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Five years after relocating his franchise to Baltimore, owner Art Modell said he still will not travel with the Ravens to Cleveland.

Modell, who owned the Browns from 1961 to 1995, has not attended the Ravens' only two games in Cleveland and has said that it is his choice not to go there Sunday.

"I can go back. But I choose not to go back because I don't want to be a distraction," Modell said. "And I won't be a distraction. I want my team and my organization to concentrate on the game."

Would Modell ever consider returning to Cleveland for a Ravens game?

"I don't know. Maybe someday," he said. "I don't know what the future holds."

Art's son, David, the team president, will also be a no-show this weekend. A fixture on the Ravens' sidelines, David Modell is present for every Ravens game except the one in Cleveland.

David, who worked Browns games as a member of the grounds crew at age 14, said he isn't saddened that he does not return to Cleveland.

"A lot of people move from where they grew up and may or may not return," he said. "It is what it is. I don't ever think about it."

When asked if he'll ever go back to Cleveland, David Modell said it would probably take a trip to the costume shop first.

"Maybe if the fans notice two rabbis sitting together in the stands, it might be Art and David," David Modell said with a grin. "I don't know. It seems to be unwise currently."

Ismail quietly productive

Playing off his nickname, Ravens receiver Qadry Ismail said "The Missile" is flying under the radar.

In quiet fashion, Ismail is making a big impact with eight plays covering 20 or more yards, tied for second in the NFL. He has made a catch of at least 23 yards in all five games this season.

"I'm happy for Qadry in showing that he can be that consistent veteran go-to guy," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "That was always a question mark in his career. And he's been that for us."

Ismail credits his productivity to remaining healthy. In the second game of last season, he sprained a knee ligament and wasn't the same in hindsight.

"I've been able to have my legs this year," he said. "Last year, it took a lot out of my game. I'm watching film of certain games we had last year, and I was saying, `That was me running?' It just didn't look smooth."

Burnett to play with cast

Defensive end Rob Burnett, who fractured his left hand Sunday, practiced for the first time with a splint. He will have his hand set in a cast before the game in order to play.

"It's going to be a challenge, but it could be done," said Burnett, who along with kicker Matt Stover and defensive tackle Larry Webster are the only players on the current roster who relocated with the team from Cleveland.

"They are going to have it wrapped up pretty good," Burnett said. I'll let everyone know how it goes after Sunday."

End zone

The only players who did not practice yesterday were receiver Patrick Johnson (broken clavicle) and left guard Edwin Mulitalo, who had surgery on his left knee. Both are out for Sunday's game. Defensive end Michael McCrary (knee), who is listed as probable, was limited in practice. ... The Ravens have scored points in 12 of their past 13 quarters. In 20 quarters this season, the Ravens have scored in 16 (80 percent). ... Since the start of last season, the Ravens are 10-4 in road games, which includes their Super Bowl victory. That ranks second in the NFL only to the New Orleans Saints (9-3).

Next for Ravens

Opponent: Cleveland Browns

Site: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 13/WJFK (1300 AM), WQSR (102.7 FM)

Line: Ravens by 7 1/2

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