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Ravens’ Siragusa Has Knee Surgery

August 15, 2001

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) _ Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for a week to 10 days.

The Ravens hope he can play in preseason finale against the New York Giants on Aug. 31, and fully expect him to be in uniform for the regular season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 9.

``We’re not overly concerned,″ head coach Brian Billick said. ``It’s almost as much preventive as anything else. This should not jeopardize the opener at all.″

Siragusa last year anchored a line that did not permit a 100-yard rusher. He had 75 tackles during the regular season and added 17 more during the postseason for the Super Bowl champions.

``He’s had trouble with the left knee, but it’s the right knee this time,″ Ravens trainer Bill Tessendorf said. ``It’s a bone spur.″

Siragusa last year missed all of training camp as a holdout, so Billick figures the Ravens are still ahead of the game in terms of getting the 350-pounder ready for the season.

``He’s had about a week-and-a-half more than last year, so to me we’re about a week-and-a-half ahead,″ Billick said.

The Ravens’ line is a banged-up unit, and Baltimore hasn’t even played a game yet because of the cancellation in Philadelphia Monday night. Larry Webster and Rob Burnett are playing through minor injuries, and free agent tackle Adrian Wilson sprained a ligament in his left knee during Wednesday’s morning practice.

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