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RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Interception to end 1st half, sack late in 2nd are costly

Douglas is out for season

October 15, 2002|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The late-half gaffes that cost the Ravens three points in the first and prevented them from trying a field goal in the second left the team wondering what could have been a day after a 22-20 loss at Indianapolis.

With the Ravens at their own 27, quarterback Chris Redman was intercepted with 33 seconds left in the first half, leading to a Colts field goal that extended their lead to seven. Redman also was sacked with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game, knocking the Ravens, who led by a point, out of field-goal range to their 40.

End Chad Bratzke beat Ethan Brooks for the 7-yard sack.

"Like most things, it's a cascading effect," coach Brian Billick said. "The receiver maybe went a little long. He was about to come open, and Chris had made the right read based on the rotation of the secondary. It would have given us a nice first down inside the 20-yard line. The receiver took it a little deep, not egregiously so, but then the tackle made a mistake, took a wrong step. You take the two together and it compounds into what happened.

"If the tackle sets properly, holds out long enough, and the receiver doesn't take it deeper than he should, then now it's a great play. That's the margin of error in the NFL."

Billick did, however, fault Redman for the interception late in the first half.

Redman lofted a ball intended for Travis Taylor down the middle, where it was intercepted by linebacker Mike Peterson with 22 seconds left. Quarterback Peyton Manning scrambled 8 yards on the next play to set up Mike Vanderjagt's 50-yard field goal.

The play was for Redman to dump the ball underneath the coverage to Jamal Lewis.

"That was probably the only bad decision of the day for him because that was a clear-cut, let's run everybody off, sneak Jamal out of the backfield and dump it off, get a first down and let the clock run down," Billick said.

"He knew that was a critical judgment error. Chris has been pretty good at logging mistakes, and I don't think he'll forget that one for a while."

Douglas sacked for season

Fourth-year end Marques Douglas tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter Sunday and will miss the rest of the year.

Douglas, who has 15 tackles and a sack, said he had surgery two years ago yesterday on his left anterior cruciate ligament.

"I'm very disappointed," said Douglas, who was not hit on the play but landed awkwardly on the artificial turf. "To come into a season where you're playing pretty good in the rotation, it's a setback, but I've been through it before. I know what lies ahead as far as the road to recovery.

"I'm excited because I'm still here. It could be a lot worse. I'm just going to keep on praying, keep on working hard, and I know things are going to work out for me."

The Ravens likely will place Douglas on injured reserved, which will open up a roster spot. The team worked out former New England Patriots defensive tackle Riddick Parker last week.

Brightful gets `feet wet'

Return specialist Lamont Brightful received his first action of the season, returning two kickoffs for a 25-yard average.

Brightful was the team's punt and kickoff returner before losing both jobs in the preseason.

"It was good to get my feet wet and get a taste of that first regular-season action," said Brightful, who returned one of the kickoffs 38 yards. "I always feel like I'm part of the team, but you feel like it a little more when you go out and contribute."

Extra points

The Ravens waived linebacker J.R. Johnson. Johnson had been an outside containment player on punts before hurting his thigh last week. Ozzie Newsome, senior vice president of football operations, said he will address the open roster spot today. ... After totaling 126 yards and two touchdowns on the RCA Dome's artificial turf, Lewis did not experience any swelling in his surgically repaired knee. ... Billick had help from linebacker Ray Lewis on the sideline. "At one point, he looked at me and said this coaching stuff is tough," Billick said. ... Redman will take part in a ribbon-cutting at Norbel School's opening of its Merritt multimedia center and outdoor play environment, and Todd Heap will visit the Dyslexia Tutoring Program in Baltimore today.

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