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Dispatches
Peter King
August 20, 2001
Two days before the Ravens' devastating loss of running back Jamal Lewis to a season-ending left knee injury, tackle Jonathan Ogden praised the coaching staff for its laid-back camp. Then, in a simple running drill, a defender fell on Lewis's leg....
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August 20, 2001

Dispatches

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Two days before the Ravens' devastating loss of running back Jamal Lewis to a season-ending left knee injury, tackle Jonathan Ogden praised the coaching staff for its laid-back camp. Then, in a simple running drill, a defender fell on Lewis's leg....

Don't look for the Seahawks to deal Ricky Watters to Baltimore. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren is getting tired of the mental lapses of second-year back Shaun Alexander. "At times he still thinks he's at a fraternity party at Alabama," says Holmgren....

Niners coach Steve Mariucci, on the effect of the recent heat-related deaths in football: "We have to do something about safety. A mom who sends her son out to play football has to know he's not going to be in danger. I worry that the pool of players will go way down and we'll lose even more young kids to sports like soccer."

... Raiders owner Al Davis groused about missing defensive tackle Darrell Russell (suspended for the first four games last week for violating the league's substance-abuse policy), but in truth Russell is one of the NFL's most overrated players. Impact penetrators get more than three sacks in 16 games....

Rams coach Mike Martz is serious about going with Joe Germaine, the former Ohio State signal-caller, and Mark Bulger, a first-year player out of West Virginia, as his second and third quarterbacks, respectively. "I watched Bulger for two days early in camp, and he never missed a receiver," says Martz. "Imagine how good he'll be when he learns the offense."

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