Rookie Lewis may show up for second week of minicamp


Linebacker Ray Lewis, the second draft pick in Ravens history, could be joining his fellow rookies after all.

Drew Rosenhaus, Lewis' agent, originally said that Baltimore's first-round draft choice would sit out the team's two-week rookie orientation, because Lewis has neither a contract nor any injury protection.

Rosenhaus' thinking began to change after Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis called him earlier this week.

"I just told Drew we're not having an organized minicamp here," Lewis said. "We're mainly in the classroom. There's really no danger of injury. Drew wasn't aware of that."

Now that he is aware, Rosenhaus said he is seriously considering having Lewis in Baltimore by Monday, so he can participate in the orientation's second week.

And they're off

Baltimore's new football era opens on Saturday, Aug. 3.

At 7: 30 that night at Memorial Stadium, the Ravens play host to the Philadelphia Eagles in their preseason opener.

The Ravens then travel to Giants Stadium to play New York on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. They return to Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. contest on Aug. 17 against Green Bay, then conclude their exhibition season at Buffalo on Friday night (7: 30), Aug. 23.

Clutch performance

The Ravens may have unveiled their new uniforms before the masses at the Gallery on Wednesday, but some other people got a sneak preview on the streets of downtown Baltimore from quarterback Vinny Testaverde.

Testaverde's flight into Baltimore was nearly an hour late. He didn't make it to Baltimore-Washington International Airport until nearly noon, shortly before the festivities were scheduled to commence downtown. Ravens public relations director Kevin Byrne, who had a driver waiting for Testaverde, then dispatched another driver to BWI with a uniform for the quarterback to change into.

Testaverde, who is 6 feet 5, got nowhere fast trying to don his new threads in the car's back seat.

"So Vinny tells the driver to pull over at a Shell Station, where he can change," Byrne said. "The driver told me Vinny only took about a minute, and he came running out of the restroom tucking in his jersey."

The only problem left for Testaverde was downtown traffic. Sure enough, several blocks from the Gallery, Testaverde hit gridlock.

So, he bolted from the car on Pratt Street and ran to the Gallery. Drivers honked their horns, pedestrians complimented Testaverde on the new look and he made it to his first kickoff, with not a minute to spare.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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