Sanders has plenty left to give in reserve role

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Suggs fine after accident

heat warms M&T field

Pro Football

December 06, 2003|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Receiver Frank Sanders never officially started a game for the Ravens this season, and after falling behind Marcus Robinson on the team's depth chart recently, chances are he won't.

Sanders spent the majority of the year as the listed starter along with Travis Taylor, but Terry Jones has started 10 games in the team's two-tight end, two-running back, one-receiver set, the probable formation that will begin tomorrow's game for the AFC North lead against the Cincinnati Bengals.

After making nine catches for 202 yards and five touchdowns the past two games, Robinson has moved ahead of Sanders, but Sanders does not envision his role within the offense decreasing.

"Those numbers don't even matter as far as starting," Sanders said. "It matters about going out making plays. In our system, when I was the starter, one thing that was taking place was that me and Marcus were still rotating."

Sanders has just three catches for 66 yards and has been shut out two of the three games since Anthony Wright has taken over at quarterback. Because he is still playing a decent number of snaps, Sanders is not discouraged.

"What's been going on is I've been able to do both [receiver positions]," Sanders said. "I move around to both sides of the field, and now I'm just doing my part, whatever is asked of me. I'm on the field when passing plays are there. The touchdown Marcus caught [Sunday against San Francisco], I would have been on the side of the field but because of our system, I just stayed on one side, and he stayed on the other."

Suggs OK after car hits pole

Linebacker Terrell Suggs was involved in a minor accident early yesterday morning heading to the Ravens' complex.

Suggs' car, an older model that he borrowed from a friend, spun out of control in the snow and hit a pole. Suggs was not hurt and was able to practice in the afternoon. No other cars were involved in the accident.

"I'm all right," Suggs said.

Heat is on field

With the heating device system below the field at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens expect to have the artificial playing surface in its normal shape.

"This is an example where I'm glad we have the surface in that we have in," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.

Richard W. Slosson, executive director of the Maryland Stadium Authority, said that by lunchtime yesterday, the field was in great condition, and that he expects it to be fine tomorrow. "But if we have 24 inches of snow, call me in the morning," he said.

Slosson said the heating system, which before this season was used to keep the grass roots warm, should be enough to melt any snow on the field, but if it's not, the stadium authority will use John Deere "gators" with plows made especially to move snow off the turf.

Employees from the stadium authority and the Ravens and prisoners from the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup shoveled snow off the seats and the aisles of the stadium yesterday in preparation for the high school football championship game that was ultimately postponed. Slosson said they will be out again this morning at 7.

End zone

The Ravens moved yesterday's practice to the gymnasium at the McDonogh School. ... Right tackle Orlando Brown (chest, questionable) and defensive end Tony Weaver (neck, questionable) were able to participate in the walk-through. ... Edwin Mulitalo and his Big Ed's Band Foundation have postponed today's instrument drive at Western High School because of the weather.

Sun staff writer Ed Waldman contributed to this article.

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