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Terry Sprains Ankle, Costing Ravens Another Lineman

Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Baltimore Ravens starting tackle Adam Terry was carted off the field yesterday morning at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., clutching his leg and screaming in pain after spraining his left ankle.

Terry flipped over running back Ray Rice.

It's not believed to be a long-term injury. An MRI exam revealed the sprain, but it initially alarmed the Ravens because Terry had his left ankle surgically repaired in January.

"It's not a major injury," Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said. "He'll be back."

Terry is the Ravens' second starting tackle to be hurt in the past four days. He shifted from right tackle to the left side to take over for tackle Jared Gaither, who is out indefinitely with a sprained right ankle and has his leg in an elaborate walking boot.

Former practice squad lineman Mike Kracalik filled in at left tackle for the rest of practice, with third-round pick Oniel Cousins playing with the No. 1 offense at right tackle.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata confirmed he has a mild sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

"It's just a little minor thing," said Ngata, who is wearing a brace on his leg. "It's just a speed bump that I'm trying to get over. I'll be back sooner than you guys think."

· COWBOYS: Cornerback Terence Newman will miss at least three weeks of practice because of a significant groin injury, Coach Wade Phillips said.

Newman was injured during the morning practice Monday when he became tangled with a receiver during a play and his leg twisted.

· STEELERS: Punter Daniel Sepulveda tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in three years and is expected to miss the season.

Sepulveda tore the ligament on Monday, the first day of practice. The Steelers used undrafted rookie kicker Julian Rauch as their practice punter yesterday, but claimed punter Paul Ernster on waivers from Detroit.

· EAGLES: Defensive end Chris Clemons is expected to be released soon from a hospital where he is being treated for dehydration.

Clemons was helped off the field about two hours into the team's morning practice. He was taken to Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Hospital in an ambulance but never lost consciousness.

· JAGUARS: Wide receiver Reggie Williams re-injured his right knee hours after being activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list.

During the evening practice, Williams made a spin move after a reception and hurt the knee. He limped to the sideline, was examined by team trainers and then carted off the field to the locker room for tests.

Williams missed the first three days of training camp with a sprained right knee.

· GIANTS: Veteran wide receiver Amani Toomer missed practice with swelling in his left leg.

With fellow wide receiver Steve Smith also missing the workout with general soreness, New York was without its top three receivers. Plaxico Burress is still sidelined with a problem in his right ankle. Coach Tom Coughlin did not seem concerned after the two-hour workout.

· SAINTS: Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, the team's top draft pick last spring, ended his holdout.

Ellis, picked seventh overall out of Southern California, agreed to a five-year contract, said Saints spokesman Greg Bensel, who did not disclose financial terms.

· COLTS: Coach Tony Dungy said quarterback Peyton Manning is in Terre Haute, Ind., where the team holds camp, but is being kept away from practice to prevent the risk of an infection in his healing left knee. Manning had surgery to remove an infected bursa sac from the knee July 14.

· PATRIOTS: Safety Rodney Harrison took part in the evening practice after being taken off the physically-unable-to-perform list. Harrison is starting his 15th NFL season and sixth with the Patriots.

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