Ravens ask for audible PSINet fans

Ravens notebook

Manning line calls create opening for distraction

Pro Football

November 29, 2001|By Jamison Hensley and Brent Jones | Jamison Hensley and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The Ravens have put their fans on notice.

Ravens players voiced the need for having deafening crowd noiseSunday when the Indianapolis Colts come to town. The Colts rely on the audible system at the line of scrimmage more than any team in the league, and the Ravens want their 12th man at PSINet Stadium to disrupt that.

"The crowd is going to be the most important player," defensive tackle Tony Siragusa said. "If we can go and get enough sound up where he can't go and audible at the line of scrimmage, you probably can shut their offense down just by doing that.

"Everybody on this defense knows that you have to get this crowd up and they have to stay up. Whether I'm going to have to pass out beers myself on the sideline, we need to get fired up."

The Ravens haven't had the chance to get much help from their fans since they have played only four home games in the first 11 weeks of the season. And in their last home game two weeks ago, the players mostly remember the boos for Ravens quarterback Elvis Grbac.

But the Ravens want the sellout crowd of 69,084 to direct the noise this time toward Colts quarterback Peyton Manning when he comes to the line.

"Our crowd is going to be the biggest factor this week," middle linebacker Ray Lewis said. "He comes to the line and he's a general. He changes a lot of plays. But I think it's going to be real hard with our crowd being so loud."

Injury list

Sam Adams (knee), Jason Brookins (foot), James Trapp (groin), Rob Burnett (calf), Ray Lewis (thigh) and Shannon Sharpe (knee) did not practice yesterday.

Adams, Brookins and Trapp are out, while Burnett is questionable and Lewis and Sharpe are probable.

Receiver Patrick Johnson returned to practice for the first time since fracturing his left clavicle against Denver.

Johnson is expected to return against Pittsburgh after the Ravens' bye.

"I'm running and catching," Johnson said. "I'm probably about 90 percent as far as my health. Now I got to get back into running around, getting my wind back and into football shape."

Adams had successful arthroscopic surgery yesterday morning on his right knee. He is expected back for the Ravens on Dec. 16 against the Steelers.

End zone

The Ravens officially put end Michael McCrary on injured reserved and signed defensive lineman Marques Douglas off the New Orleans Saints' practice squad. Douglas, 6 feet 2, 270 pounds out of Howard, originally signed as a rookie free agent with the Ravens in April 1999 but was waived late in training camp. ... The NFL has given the Ravens permission to sell tickets to possible playoff games at PSINet Stadium. Letters are being sent to season-tickets holders this week. Tickets will increase $25 for wild-card or divisional round games, $35 for the AFC Championship game. ... The team will salute tight end Sharpe for becoming the all-time NFL leader in receptions and yards. Neither the offense nor defense will be introduced before the game Sunday. Instead, there will be a brief presentation by Art Modell and Ozzie Newsome for Sharpe.

Next for Ravens

Opponent: Indianapolis Colts

Site: PSINet Stadium

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

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

Line: Ravens by 7

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