Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said that tight end Eric Green, who has missed three of the last four games with persistent soreness in his left knee, will have his second surgery of 1996 next week.
Green, who was signed to a one-year contract on Sept. 23, had arthroscopic surgery on the knee seven months ago.
A seven-year veteran who played for Miami last year after spending his first five seasons with Pittsburgh, Green spent four weeks rehabilitating the knee, before seeing his first Ravens action against Denver on Oct. 20. He then played in six of the next seven games, catching his first touchdown pass to finish the scoring in the Ravens' 31-17 upset of Pittsburgh on Dec. 1.
Green, who has 15 catches for 150 yards, has not played since. "He showed flashes of his old self in the 49ers game [on Nov. 17]," Marchibroda said of Green.
Waiting on Powell
Linebacker Craig Powell, coming off surgery to repair a damaged rotator cuff, is continuing his rehabilitation and said he thinks he will be able to resume weightlifting by the end of the year.
The Ravens, who drafted Powell in the first round out of Ohio State in 1995, would like him to begin living up to the expectations that accompanied the three-year, $2.9 million contract he signed.
Powell played in only three games as a rookie before tearing an anterior cruciate knee ligament. Shoulder surgery ended Powell's second season after only nine games this year, in which Powell contributed exclusively on special teams.
In two years, Powell has more surgeries (two) than defensive tackles (one).
Sutter steps up
Fourth-year backup linebacker Eddie Sutter has gotten something valuable out of the Ravens' lost season. Playing time.
Sutter, one of the team's top special teams performers, started his fourth game of 1996 Sunday when he filled in for injured rookie linebacker Ray Lewis (hip pointer). Sutter led the team with eight tackles. He had never started a game before Nov. 17, when he also filled in for Lewis.
"I've gotten a lot more playing time than I anticipated, but it's still been a tough year," said Sutter, who could become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
"I remember me and [backup quarterback] Eric Zeier were talking during the preseason [when the Ravens went 3-1]," he added. "We asked each other how good are we? Pretty darn good, I thought. I don't know what went wrong. We just haven't put it together. It's hard to explain."
Since beating the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 29 to pull even with a 2-2 record, the Ravens have gone 2-9. Having gone 0-for-8 away from Memorial Stadium, the Ravens are the only NFL team that failed to win a road game in 1996. They have allowed 417 points, third highest in the league behind Atlanta (442) and the New York Jets (423). And among AFC teams, only the hapless Jets (1-14) have a record worse than the Ravens.
Pub Date: 12/17/96