Now, Weaver hurts a toe

Another Injury

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October 03, 2005|By BRENT JONES | BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER

Defensive end Tony Weaver dislocated his right toe during the third quarter of the Ravens' 13-3 win over the New York Jets yesterday. Weaver will have a magnetic resonance imaging test today to determine the extent of the damage.

Jarret Johnson took Weaver's place in the lineup and likely will start if Weaver is out for an extended period.

"It doesn't change my role," Johnson said. "It just means I'll get a few more snaps. But it's not a good thing when he goes down."

The injury marks the second time in as many home games that a Raven has hurt his toe on the stadium turf. Quarterback Kyle Boller suffered a toe injury in the season opener and is out at least another game.

And cornerback Deion Sanders hurt his foot on the Ravens' turf during a game last year against the Cleveland Browns.

Weaver suffered his injury during his team's third-quarter goal-line stand, part of a scrum that brought down Curtis Martin for a 1-yard loss on third down.

Weaver limped off the field and was treated briefly on the sideline before being carted off to the locker room.

Among defensive linemen, he came into the game ranked second behind Kelly Gregg with 10 tackles. Weaver had with three tackles yesterday before the injury.

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Forgettingthe fumble

In what has been a forgettable year so far for Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, even his brightest day did not come without a blemish.

Lewis rushed for a season-high 81 yards and his first touchdown of the year, but lost a fumble that could have had disastrous results if not for the Ravens' goal-line stand in the third quarter.

Lewis could offer no reason on why it happened, but said he was able to forget and move on during the game.

"When you fumble, the red flag goes up and you over-emphasize holding the football," Lewis said. "It made me mad a little bit, and it made me run a little bit harder. It's big for the defense to stop them when something like that happens."

Abraham'scostly penalty

When Jets defensive end John Abraham watches the game film from yesterday, he'll likely spend a lot of time dissecting the first play.

Abraham may try to get a super-imposed shot of his hand to see whether he was lined up in the neutral zone, a penalty that cost the Jets a touchdown after quarterback Anthony Wright lost a fumble.

"I didn't jump," Abraham said. "They said I lined up offsides, but I can't really tell if I lined up offsides or not ... until I watch the film."

End zone

Safety Ed Reed suffered a concussion during the game but returned in the fourth quarter. Reed fell down as he tried to go back to his position after a tackle of tight end Doug Jolley late in the third quarter. The officials forced him out of the game. "I'm good," Reed said in the locker room afterward. ... Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel called the game from the coaches' booth. Fassel had called the previous two games from the sideline. ... Kyle Boller, Patrick Johnson, Justin Green, Jason Brown, Adam Terry, Devard Darling, Terry Jones and Dwan Edwards were the Ravens' inactive players. ... The team is 20-3 when Jamal Lewis has 25 or more carries. Lewis had 29 rushes for his 81 yards yesterday.

Kemoeatu stuffs run

To understand why Jets running back Curtis Martin gained just 30 yards, Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan needs to look no further than space-eating defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu.

Kemoeatu drew probably the toughest matchup of the day in facing Jets Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae, but Mawae and the offensive line failed to knock the Ravens off the ball, and Martin's longest run went for 8 yards.

"When you go against Kevin Mawae, one of the best centers in the league; when you look at the numbers at the end, that tells you that [Kemoeatu] was able to control the middle against the best center in football," Ryan said.

Said Kemoeatu: "We pretty much knew what each other was going to do. It was a good matchup. ... I would say our defense won that matchup."

Back witha sack

Linebacker Peter Boulware recorded his first sack since the second-to-final game of the 2003 season when he brought down Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger for a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

Boulware bowled over fullback Jerald Sowell, sending him almost head over heels, before reaching Bollinger on a third-and-10 play.

"I almost forgot how it felt to get to the quarterback," Boulware said. "But I finally did it, and I tell you, that's why I play the game, to get to the quarterback."

Clayton getsfirst start

Rookie receiver Mark Clayton started in place of Clarence Moore, a move that was anticipated after Clayton took most of the first-team snaps during the week.

It was the first start of Clayton's career, though he recorded just one catch for 4 yards and dropped a pass that would have produced a first down.

Moore played mostly as the third receiver, though he did see a handful of snaps in the Ravens' base set. He did not have a catch.

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