Brown isn't losing place in line

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Having regained job, he works hard in bye week

Ravens notebook

Pro Football

October 09, 2003|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

While most players used the bye week to recuperate, Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown decided to get into even better shape.

Brown started and played all 65 offensive snaps in the Ravens' 17-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the first time Brown had done that in 3 1/2 years, but the Ravens' relatively early bye left Brown with little chance to capitalize on the momentum from that effort.

"I wish we would have played last week," Brown said. "But I'm all right. I worked out all last week. I didn't take a day off."

With Sunday's game in Arizona looming, Brown probably needed the extra work. His rotation with Ethan Brooks is likely a thing of the past.

The two rotated quarters through the first three games, but Brown has assumed control of the position. The Arizona heat, though, may allow Brooks to see a series or two.

"Coaches were coming to me, telling me stuff - telling me to hold on, keep working and everything was going to work out," Brown said.

"I'm not a bad player. I knew eventually they were going to get me out there."

If Brown continues to hold up, the Ravens might look into extending his one-year contract.

"Negotiations with players during the season are a tricky thing," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "But as the season goes on, we may be open to some things."

Brown's career nearly ended in 1999 when a referee's weighted flag hit him in his eye. Now he's part of a line that played its first whole game together against Kansas City.

"It is a positive," left guard Edwin Mulitalo said. "It's something that we can build on because that's one position you can't rotate. ... The offensive line, there needs to be consistency that has to be there every game. We've got it now."

R. Johnson out

Ron Johnson will miss Sunday's game with a knee injury. Johnson had been dealing with swelling in his right knee the past six weeks and decided to have arthroscopic surgery last week.

The team is hoping to have him back by the Cincinnati Bengals game next week.

"Realistically, it's probably Denver [Oct. 26]," Johnson said. He was the only player who did not practice yesterday.

Todd Heap (shoulder), Wade Richey (leg) and safety Gerome Sapp (knee) are all probable.

Boldin no surprise

The success of Cardinals rookie receiver Anquan Boldin may have taken the league by surprise, but not Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller.

Fuller said he and Peter Boulware worked out with Boldin during the offseason. All three attended Florida State.

Boldin, who is second in the NFC with 497 receiving yards, was the Cardinals' second-round draft pick. He set an NFL record with 10 receptions for 217 yards in his first game.

"He's a competitor," said Fuller, who will be lined up against Boldin. "He knows how to fight, knows what it takes to win. He learned that at Florida State."

Back in the fight

Defensive end Riddick Parker practiced yesterday for the first time since re-signing with the team earlier this week.

Parker, who was one of the final cuts of training camp, did not have much rust to knock off.

"I've only been away for like five weeks," said Parker, a seven-year pro out of North Carolina. "I had a lot of time to sit back and think about things, watching games on TV. I still had the playbook, all the plays at home, so it wasn't hard for me to pick up the notebook when I got the call."

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