Safety Demps to miss at least first 2 games

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Injured rookie likely replaced by Mitchell

August 31, 2002|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

As expected, the Ravens will be without safety Will Demps for at least the first two regular-season games after the undrafted rookie dislocated his elbow in Thursday's loss to the New York Giants.

Demps hopes to return for the Monday night home game against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 30. Anthony Mitchell, who was the starter heading into training camp, will likely replace Demps.

"It's just part of playing football, one of those freak accidents," said Demps, whose arm got caught in a pile on a tackle in the second quarter.

The Ravens did get some good news on the injury front with the expected return of end Tony Weaver. Weaver should practice Monday for the first time since sustaining a high ankle sprain early in training camp and may play in the season opener at Carolina on Sept. 8.

Receivers Brandon Stokley and Travis Taylor should also play against the Panthers. Stokley was held out of the Giants game because of swelling in his knee. Ravens trainer Bill Tessendorf said the swelling was the result of playing on the Veterans Stadium artificial turf the week before against Philadelphia.

Taylor sustained a calf bruise in the first quarter Thursday and did not return. He is not expected to miss any practice time.

Linebacker Shannon Taylor, who also left the Giants game early with an ankle injury, should be able to practice, and running back Jamal Lewis did not need any treatment following his five-carry performance.

McCrary feeling fine

In his first game action in nine months, Michael McCrary's knee tested out fine against the Giants, and the 10-year defensive end should be ready to start against the Panthers.

McCrary was in for eight plays, and all were obvious passing situations. He dropped off into coverage once and had another good rush on Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer.

"It was my first time in pads since November," McCrary said. "It was good to get a feel and get out there with my teammates. That was the best thing of all.

"I just have to get in shape and get my timing down."

End zone

The Ravens will have today and tomorrow off. ... Cornerback James Trapp (torn pectoral muscle) will not play against Carolina.

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