Ravens' plane makes early landing for injured Ivy

Wednesday, October 11th 2006, 4:40 am
By: News On 6

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens' team plane makes an unscheduled landing in Pittsburgh so former Oklahoma cornerback Corey Ivy could go to a hospital to be treated for a kidney injury.

The Ravens say the 29 year old Ivy was in stable condition at UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, where he was expected to stay at least through today for testing, observation and examination by renal specialists.

Team spokesman Chad Steele describes the injury as a kidney tear. Baltimore coach Brian Billick says Ivy is comfortable and is apparently OK.

Ivy was hurt in last night's game at Denver when he was hit during a punt return in the third quarter. After being evaluated on the sideline, he returned to play.

Team physician Andrew M. Tucker says Ivy was examined after the game and had X-rays taken.

Tucker says that Ivy's status changed during the flight when the player's discomfort became more significant. Tucker says that although Ivy was stable, it was decided that he needed to be taken to a hospital sooner rather than later.