- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 29, 2002

From combined dispatches

OWINGS MILLS, Md. Ray Lewis will miss a fourth straight game Sunday with a shoulder injury, and the Baltimore Ravens are concerned that they could lose their Pro Bowl linebacker for the rest of the season.

Quarterback Chris Redman, who sat out Sunday's 31-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, also will be sidelined this week when the Ravens play at Atlanta.

Lewis has not played since partially separating his left shoulder Oct.6 while pouncing on a loose ball against Cleveland. Ravens coach Brian Billick said yesterday that the team soon might be forced to think about shutting down Lewis for the year.

"That has to be a consideration," Billick said. "There's always that potential, although I don't think we're in that window yet. I think we have a couple more weeks.

"But you can't rule that out. If it's a season deal, then that's the challenge we face."

Redman, who has been bothered by back spasms, will miss at least one week and maybe two, according to Billick. Redman will be replaced by Jeff Blake, who went 29-for-50 for 298 yards but threw three interceptions against Pittsburgh after learning he would start shortly before the game.

"Jeff Blake performed very well, given the circumstances," Billick said.

The defense was the problem against the Steelers. After splitting two games without Lewis, their leading tackler, Baltimore (3-4) allowed touchdowns on each of Pittsburgh's first four possessions and tumbled into third place in the AFC North.

Lewis' recovery has been slow, although he lifted weights and went through limited work at practice Friday. But Billick doesn't want to risk further injury to his star defensive player on the turf in Atlanta.

"He needs to keep it a little less active than he's been," Billick said. "We'll re-evaluate it next week, possibly two weeks."

Lewis had an MRI test yesterday.

The Ravens will also be without defensive end Michael McCrary on Sunday. McCrary missed the Pittsburgh game with a knee injury, and Billick doesn't want to bring him back on a hard surface.

Future L.A. Super Bowl?

LOS ANGELES The NFL reportedly is studying a proposal to award a future Super Bowl to the Los Angeles area whether there is a league franchise in the city or not.

The Los Angeles Times, quoting an unidentified NFL source, reported yesterday that the league's Super Bowl committee approved a proposal to schedule a Super Bowl in the area, possibly in 2008.

The league declined to comment specifically on that report.

"The Super Bowl policy committee will lead discussion on a number of Super Bowl matters at this week's league meeting," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said from New York.

No date for a Los Angeles Super Bowl will be proposed, the Times reported, and there will be no formal vote on the proposal until next year, after officials from Los Angeles have submitted a bid for the game.

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena would be the probable site if no new stadium is built in the area before the Super Bowl comes to town.

The committee was scheduled to present its recommendations to the league team owners at their regular fall meeting, tomorrow and Thursday in New York.

Panthers hurting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Panthers defensive tackle Sean Gilbert will miss the rest of the season with a broken right hip, linebacker Dan Morgan needs hernia surgery and will be out at least three weeks, and returner Steve Smith's infant daughter may have a skull fracture.

Gilbert, a 10-year veteran, was injured in the second half of Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Morgan has been slowed by a strained groin, but coach John Fox said yesterday that surgery for a "sports hernia" should correct the problem. Morgan is the third Carolina player to require the operation this season, joining kicker John Kasay and cornerback Dante Wesley. Fox said the Panthers are looking into why the injury is occurring so often.

Smith, who had a costly fumble against Tampa Bay, learned after the game that his daughter fell out of her high chair, landing on her face, and was being checked for a possible skull fracture.

"You know the saying, when it rains it pours," Smith said. "I found out like 15 seconds after I hit the door."

Smith said his 14-month-old daughter is doing well but still has to be monitored for long-term damage.

Also, quarterback Chris Weinke was cleared to play again. Weinke sustained a concussion against Atlanta two weeks ago and could not play against Tampa Bay.

Two Seahawks recovering

KIRKLAND, Wash. Seahawks quarterback Trent Dilfer had surgery yesterday on his torn right Achilles' tendon and is out for the season. Dilfer was injured during the second quarter of Sunday's 17-14 win over Dallas.

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Matt Hasselbeck will replace Dilfer as the starter but plans to work out several quarterbacks today. Among them is former Redskin Jeff George.

Meanwhile, receiver Darrell Jackson was released from a Texas hospital yesterday, one day after sustaining a concussion and having a seizure in the locker room after the game.

"He was, by all reports, joking around when he was moved out of the intensive care unit," Holmgren said.

Holmgren said Jackson underwent a CT scan and tests on his head and neck after Sunday's game. Additional tests were planned this week in Seattle, and Jackson's status for Sunday's game against Washington was not immediately known. Holmgren said those tests would try to determine why Jackson had the seizure.

Jackson never returned after taking a hard, high hit from Cowboys safety Darren Woodson with 5:20 left in the Seahawks' 17-14 win. Woodson was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

Saints' McAllister arrested

KENNER, La. New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister was arrested Saturday for driving with a suspended license after he was caught speeding.

McAllister was pulled over Saturday morning on his way to the Saints' practice facility for driving 70 mph in a 40-mph zone, coach Jim Haslett said. McAllister's license had been suspended because he had not paid a ticket.

McAllister was booked at the Kenner jail, then transported to a Jefferson Parish jail where he was released on bond, police said.

McAllister, second in the NFL with 836 rushing yards, scored three touchdowns in the Saints' loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Vick plans to play

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Quarterback Michael Vick had part of his left hand wrapped in a bandage yesterday after mildly spraining his left thumb in the Atlanta Falcons' last-second victory at New Orleans.

The left-handed Vick insisted he will practice this week and be in the lineup when the Falcons (4-3) play host to Baltimore (3-4) Sunday.

After leading the Falcons to a dramatic 37-35 win over the Saints, Vick also had his left shoulder wrapped in ice. He sprained the shoulder mildly when linebacker Darrin Smith sacked him for a 5-yard loss early in the third quarter.

Vick hurt his thumb early in the fourth when Smith grabbed his facemask on an incomplete pass to Brian Finneran.

"My thumb is just kind of swollen, nicked up." Vick said. "I sprained it. I fell on my left shoulder and sprained it a little bit. It's not like the last time."

A sprained AC joint in his right shoulder kept Vick from playing at New York three weeks ago. Doug Johnson started in his place and orchestrated a 17-10 victory over the Giants.

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