Ravens defensive end Anthony Pleasant is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, although he may have answered the question about his status yesterday when he did not practice.
Pleasant aggravated his sprained ankle -- which he injured early in the season opener against Oakland -- at Wednesday's practice. Coach Ted Marchibroda called it a "minor setback."
Before suffering the injury, Pleasant had gone nearly two years without missing a game. He has missed four weeks of practice and is on the verge of missing his third straight game, even after resting the ankle for several days during the team's bye week.
"Every player wants to get that adrenalin pumping and make some plays on Sunday," said Pleasant, who said he still expects to play. "It's frustrating."
Linebacker Keith Goganious signed a one-year contract for the minimum of $191,000, but will receive $152,000 for the rest of the season. The fourth-year linebacker worked out with the Ravens for the first time yesterday.
"I like the defense," said Goganious. "If you take a look at all the successful teams, their defenses play an attacking style that allows you to make big plays. The scheme here is similar to the one in Pittsburgh and it looks like fun."
The addition of Eric Green has not created much excitement " around the locker of tight end Brian Kinchen, who figures to drop a notch on the Ravens' depth chart once Green is cleared to play.
"I wish I could tell you what I'm thinking, but I can't. I might incriminate myself," said Kinchen, who is tied for second on the team with 12 receptions and has gained 11.8 yards a catch.
Cutting a deal
With UCLA facing Michigan tomorrow, Ravens center Steve pTC Everitt (Michigan) and free safety Eric Turner (UCLA) were trying agree on the proper point spread for a friendly wager.
The Bruins are listed as eight-point underdogs, but Turner started the bidding earlier this week with a proposal of 29 points (his number). Everitt called that spread "a joke. The most I'd be willing to give him is 13."
By yesterday, Turner was lowering his demand to 15 points. "I'm a businessman," he said. "I'm just trying to make a good deal."
Saints (0-4) at Ravens (1-2)
Time: 1 p.m.
Site: Memorial Stadium
TV/Radio: Ch. 45/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)
Tickets: About 650 remain
Line: Ravens by 5 1/2 .
Pub Date: 9/27/96