Redman sidelined due to numbness in leg

QB misses first start, will undergo MRI today

Steelers 31, Ravens 18

October 28, 2002|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Ravens quarterback Chris Redman missed his first start of the season and will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today to determine if he will be sidelined long term.

After working with a sore back last week, Redman became worried when he lost feeling in his right leg Friday. He sat out the team's workout Saturday, and team officials then ruled him out when he had trouble planting his foot before the game.

"My toes are all numb, and they're kind of dead right now," said Redman, who hadn't missed a snap all season. "I'm sure it will come back. It'll heal on its own, but let's check it out and see what we can do about it."

Veteran backup Jeff Blake replaced Redman, throwing for 298 yards along with three interceptions in the Ravens' 31-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday.

Redman had begun to hit a comfort zone in leading the Ravens to three wins in the past four weeks. He had three interceptions in 182 attempts, the lowest percentage in the AFC.

At this point, the Ravens have set no timetable for Redman's return.

"We'll have to see," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "He pulled up a little sore [Saturday]. The doctors wanted to see how it was [yesterday]. I was going to base the decision on how strong he could throw."

Redman experienced a similar back injury during his college days at Louisville.

"It wasn't this bad, though," Redman said. "It never really shot pains down my leg."

Redman speculated that the numbness came from a disc in his lower back hitting a nerve. He said he felt pain first in his shin before losing feeling in his foot.

"You know when you wake up in the morning and your leg gets that tingling feeling?" Redman said. "You try to walk, and you fall over. That's kind of how it was."

He worked out for an hour during pre-game warmups and had trouble keeping his balance rolling out. He even attempted to plant using the side of his right foot.

"The [back] stiffness wasn't bad," Redman said. "That's fine. I could have played through that. When it went down to my foot, I had trouble planting on it. Hopefully, we can get it straightened up quick."

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