Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, who was injured early in Sunday's 36-10 rout of the Tennessee Oilers, is expected to miss seven to 10 days with a strained left ankle tendon, said team trainer Bill Tessendorf.
A magnetic resonance imaging exam on Siragusa revealed no further damage. The team also examined Siragusa's left knee as a precaution, but found no damage.
"Unless there is a major setback, the Pittsburgh game is a guarantee," Tessendorf said.
Siragusa will be replaced by Larry Webster, who played well after taking his place Sunday.
Alexander breaks out
Ravens wide receiver Derrick Alexander enjoyed his best LTC game of the season on Sunday. He caught five passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns, including a 25-yard scoring play early in the second quarter. That play gave the Ravens a 10-7 lead, an advantage they never relinquished.
It was a timing play that is becoming a vintage Vinny Testaverde-Alexander connection. Alexander ran straight at cornerback Tomur Barnes, stopped, turned, caught the pass, then spun away from Barnes and sprinted the last 15 yards untouched up the right sideline for the score. "I've had some trouble breaking that play this year," Alexander said. "It's hard for a defensive back to make that play even if he knows it's coming. And it's usually a big play if you make that first guy miss."
Good first impression
Rookie running back Priest Holmes was activated for the first time Sunday, and he wasted no time making an impression.
On the game's opening kickoff, Holmes ran down the field and plowed into blocker Lemanski Hall, driving him backward and into return man Mel Gray. Gray suffered a concussion on the play and did not return.
"I finally got a chance to play, and I had fun doing it," he said.
Brady steps up
Second-year cornerback Donny Brady has grown accustomed to this treatment. On the first play of Sunday's game, the Oilers sent a message. Quarterback Steve McNair immediately went after Brady, sending wide receiver Chris Sanders on a fly pattern down the left sideline. McNair's pass was overthrown and fell incomplete.
"It's part of the game. If they want to try me, let them try me," he said.
That didn't stop the Oilers from trying Brady again. But Brady responded with his most impressive effort of the year.
In addition to a pass deflection, Brady had six solo tackles and helped the Ravens limit Tennessee's passing attack to 62 yards in the second half.
Time will tell
Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said yesterday he was not sure how much recently signed cornerback Eugene Daniel would play against the Chargers. Daniel is the team's fourth cornerback, but will challenge nickel back DeRon Jenkins and Brady for their jobs.
"Eugene is better prepared this week than last, but it's hard to say right now," said Marchibroda.
Despite the return of Bam Morris, veteran running back Earnest Byner doesn't see an end to his contributions to the team.
"As far as personal goals, I still want to make plays for the team in some capacity," said Byner. "Whatever it is, whatever they ask me to do, I'll do it."
Byner rushed for 225 yards on 60 carries during Morris' four-game suspension. He also had 11 receptions for 69 yards.
In both of his games, receiver Jermaine Lewis has produced more than 200 all-purpose yards. Tight end Eric Green's hamstring pull is not considered serious. Green could resume practicing tomorrow.
Pub Date: 9/23/97