Searcy to miss game against Jaguars


Tackle having more tests on his injured left arm

more surgery possible

October 25, 2001|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Ravens right tackle Leon Searcy won't play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and when or if he plays this season should be determined today.

Searcy did not practice yesterday. Instead, he had tests on his left arm, which is still recovering from a torn triceps muscle suffered during an intrasquad scrimmage in training camp.

The team had hoped to have Searcy back for his first game as a Raven on Sunday. If tests on his arm reveal further damage, there is a chance Searcy will need surgery again.

"Leon Searcy has had a setback," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We're going to re-evaluate that and see where we are. The arm has not responded the way we'd hoped it would."

Searcy signed a six-year deal as an unrestricted free agent from Jacksonville, where he missed all of last season with a right quadriceps injury.

He practiced close to two weeks before tearing his triceps, which originally had him out until the sixth game. Sammy Williams and Erik Williams have been rotating in Searcy's place on an offensive line that has struggled at times.

The Ravens' line gave up seven sacks in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns and has seen quarterback Elvis Grbac knocked out in each of the past two games.

Guard Edwin Mulitalo, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, returned to practice yesterday, which should help. He is questionable for Sunday's game after missing the previous two.

Allen questionable

Running back Terry Allen practiced on his injured left ankle yesterday. Allen is questionable for Sunday's game after spraining the ankle on the Ravens' second offensive play against Cleveland.

If Allen is unable to go, Jason Brookins will start. Brookins and fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo split the carries against the Browns.

"If I start this week, I'm going to run like I've been running and not change anything," said Brookins, who gained 46 yards on 13 carries against Cleveland.

Upon further review

The league is reviewing Ravens defensive back James Trapp's hit on Browns punt returner Dennis Northcutt during Sunday's game.

Trapp hit Northcutt helmet-to-helmet at full speed after a punt in the third quarter. Northcutt fell immediately to the ground and had to be helped off the field.

A decision could come down today. If Trapp is fined, it would be the first in his nine-year career.

Lake faces old team

Safety Carnell Lake will get his first shot at his former team Sunday.

Lake was released by the Jaguars a week before the regular season. Lake played one season (1999) with Jacksonville, where he was an All-Pro. He missed all of last year with a stress fracture in his left foot.

"I definitely will like to go out and have a good game to show I can still play," Lake said.

Based on the numbers

Billick again pointed to the fact that his team is No. 4 in the NFL in offense and No. 1 in defense in his news conference. Those statistics, though, are based on yardage, not points.

A more telling stat: The Ravens are 19th in the league in points-per-game (18.3). Defensively, the Ravens are 11th in the league in points allowed (17.0) after leading the NFL last year.

"We need to be more productive when we get a chance to score," Billick said.

Heap optimistic

Backup tight end Todd Heap again expressed optimism about his chances of playing this week.

Heap said virtually the same thing last week before missing his fourth straight game with a high ankle sprain. On why he did not play against the Browns, Heap said, "I tried [to test the ankle]. It probably wasn't 100 percent. That was the decision they made. Hopefully, it will be this week [that he can play]. It's getting better."

Gary update

Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan delivered an angry rebuttal to reports saying his team had a framework of a deal in place to trade running back Olandis Gary to the Ravens.

"There was very, very little chance for us making a deal," Shanahan said. "You know reporters. Don't believe everything."

End zone

Defensive tackle Sam Adams (knee) and end Michael McCrary (knee) did not practice. Both are probable for Sunday's game, along with kicker Matt Stover (leg), tight end Shannon Sharpe (knee), and Brookins (shoulder). Grbac (chest) is questionable, and wide receiver Patrick Johnson (clavicle) is out.

Sun staff writer Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

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