Grbac insists he may start Sunday

Denying report, he says he'll test ribs in warmups

October 26, 2001|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Though still feeling pain in his bruised ribs, Ravens quarterback Elvis Grbac angrily refuted a published report that said he told teammates that he most likely will not play against Jacksonville.

Grbac reiterated yesterday that his decision on starting will probably not be made until after pregame warmups on Sunday.

"I didn't say anything to my teammates," he said. "I couldn't believe it."

Although he missed practice for the second straight day, Grbac did increase his number of throws on the side yesterday.

Backup quarterback Randall Cunningham again ran the first-ream offense in practice.

But Grbac insisted he has not ruled himself out and could take some repetitions in today's scaled-down practice.

On the injury report, he remained questionable, meaning there is a 50 percent chance he will play.

"It's still kind of sore, but I've got three more days, really," Grbac said. "On Sunday, I'll go out there early and throw around a little bit and see how I feel. Then, I'll go back inside and determine if I go or not."

Grbac told trainer Bill Tessendorf that he felt less pain and that the soreness hasn't spread since Monday.

"It's unchanged," Tessendorf said. "It will be a game-time decision."

If Grbac is sidelined Sunday, Cunningham will make his first start for the Ravens.

If that's the scenario, coach Brian Billick will then have to determine whether Grbac or third-string Chris Redman will be listed as his No. 2 quarterback.

"It depends on how Elvis feels," Billick said. "If it's still real, real sore, then we'll probably put Chris at No. 2. If he's feeling well enough to where he could be No. 2, we'll make him No. 2."

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