The game was called "Throw 'em up, bust 'em up," and Timmy Jernigan believed it was as close as he was going to get to organized football. All it required was a ball and a small patch of grass in the Jacksonville, Fla. apartment complex where Jernigan lived.
Rookies have been thrust into big roles all over the Ravens' roster so far, but in rookie third-round pick Carl Davis, the Ravens seem to have found a starter on the defensive line at the expense of a player who made a similar impact as a rookie last year.
The starting defensive tackle spot was presumed to belong to second-year, second-round pick Timmy Jernigan as the Ravens sought to replace defensive tackle Haloti Ngata after his offseason trade to the Detroit Lions.
Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan returned after missing the end of the preseason and Week 1 against Denver with a knee injury, and though his one quarterback hit was his only contribution to the box score, his fourth-quarter penalty for roughing the passer proved costly in Sunday¿s loss.
Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan returned to practice Thursday after nearly three weeks out with a knee injury, making it possible he¿ll be available for the season opener Sunday at the Denver Broncos.
Timmy Jernigan already sounded like a wise old head as he assessed the circumstances that made him a starting defensive lineman for the Ravens. "Strange opportunity is a part of this league," Jernigan observed in his relaxed North Florida drawl.