New practice policy appears to work out Marchibroda is pleased with full-gear sessions


Ted Marchibroda's tough-guy approach seems to be working -- for this week, anyway.

The Ravens' coach was not pleased with his team's performance in a 24-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and he let the club know it in a team meeting Monday, accusing several players of not playing hard.

Marchibroda also told the team that players who didn't practice during the week wouldn't start on Sundays, and ordered the squad in full gear Wednesday, the first time the club has done so since it has been in Baltimore.

The Ravens have had two crisp, intense practices in preparation for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

"It has given some of the injured guys two more solid days to work in pads," Marchibroda said. "I think our mind-set is very good, and the team is disappointed we have lost three in a row. Now, it's time to do something about it."

Kicker Matt Stover said: "We've got the pressure on and the pads on. We're 3-4, and we've got to go. I've seen this before when teams get their backs to the wall. You either fight or you lay down."

R. Lewis injures ankle

Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis went down with a left-ankle injury midway through practice, but the sprain is not believed to be serious, Marchibroda said.

Lewis got tied up in a seven-on-seven drill with tight end Eric Green and the ankle rolled over near the completion of the drill.

He is listed as questionable for Sunday because the team expects some tenderness and swelling, but it was reported he might return to practice by this morning. Lewis, in his second year, leads the team in tackles with 89.

Cornerback Eugene Daniel was the only other player not to practice yesterday, because of two pulled hamstrings. "It's coming along, and I feel pretty good," Daniel said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time."

Washington's crash course

Defensive end Keith Washington signed with the Ravens on Oct. 15 and has been involved in a crash course ever since.

Washington, 6 feet 4 and 270 pounds, played against the Dolphins and is usually one of the last players off the practice field after working with defensive line coach Jacob Burney.

"It's coming to me," Washington said of the Ravens' defensive scheme.

"I'm not as fluent as I'd like to be, but that just means I have to study harder. I'm not sure how much I will play Sunday; that's up to the coaching staff and their game plan. But I'm sure they know how much they want to use me."

Ex-Stallion stands out

In an interesting matchup Sunday, Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary will line up against Redskins offensive tackle Shar Pourdanesh, who played on the Baltimore Stallions' Canadian Football League championship team in 1995.

Redskins coach Norv Turner said Pourdanesh has become more consistent after struggling last season.

"We were fortunate to be able to sign Shar out of the CFL," Turner said. "He has gotten better the last year and a half. He'll probably go against McCrary or Peter Boulware, pending the protection. The thing he has learned is that every week in this league is a challenge and sometimes it can be a struggle. He has progressed."

Et cetera

The NFL has fined the Ravens an undisclosed amount for tampering last season with former Arizona Cardinals running back Garrison Hearst, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the San Francisco 49ers in the off-season. Ravens wide receiver Jermaine Lewis played at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Lanham but said he wasn't a Redskins fan. "I loved the Dallas Cowboys," said Lewis, who has purchased 20 tickets for Sunday's game.

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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