Modell listed as late scratch with flu

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Owner misses first game in Baltimore

ceremony rescheduled for Saturday

Ravens Vs. Steelers

Nfl Week 17

December 29, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec and Brent Jones | Jeff Zrebiec and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Art Modell's induction into the Ravens' Ring of Honor, scheduled for halftime of last night's Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium, was postponed because the team owner was battling flu-like symptoms and did not attend the game.

It was the first, Ravens home game ModeIl has missed.

"I'm disappointed, but I'd rather be well and disappointed," Modell, 78, said in a phone intetwiew before kickoff.

Modell was even included on the injury report that ran early in the game on the stadium's video board, showing him listed as out with the flu.

The ceremony honoring Modell has been rescheduled for halftime Saturday, when the Ravens play host to the Tennessee Titans in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

Last night marked the last regular-season game as an owner for Modell, who has owned an NFL franchise for 43 years.

ModeIl owned the Cleveland Browns from 1961 to 1995 before moving the franchise to Baltimore in 1996 after a bitter dispute with Ohio government officials over stadium issues. He will sell his stake in the franchise to minority owner Steve Bisciotti after this season.

Sack man

With Boulware out, end Marques Douglas picked up the pass-rushing slack, sacking Maddox twice.

The sacks were Douglas' first since the Oct. 12 game at Arizona, and he has four on the season. His first sack came on a second-and-16, a play after an Ed Hartwell sack.

Douglas' second sack came on third down on the Steelers' first possession of the fourth quarter, forcing a punt.

Now punting, Boller

Punter Dave Zastudll suffered a broken nose In the first half and was temporarily replaced by backup quarterback Kyle Boller.

After confusion leading to a delay-of-game penalty, Boller sent his only first punt, a low line drive, 29 yards to the Ravens' 43 in the third quarter.

Zastudil was able to hold on a 46-yard field goal by Matt Stover in the fourth quarter and took back the punting duties after that.

If at first...

The fourth time apparently was the charm,

Quarterback Anthony Wright finally connected with Marcus Robinson on the duo's fourth attempt at a deep pass. Wright found Robinson down the side-line for a 29-yard completion to the Steelers' 29 with less than a minute left in the third quarter. Wright underthrew Robinson on deep attempts twice and overthrew him once on passes all over 35 yards. All the attempts came on one-on-one coverage.

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