Camp update

August 18, 1999|By Gary Lambrecht

Injuries: Defensive end Michael McCrary (knee), guard James Atkins (hamstring), receiver Brandon Stokley (shoulder) and cornerback James Trapp (shoulder) did not practice yesterday.

Plays of the day: Quarterback Tony Banks hooked up with Floyd Turner for a long completion in the morning session. Turner beat tight coverage by cornerback Duane Starks, who came back minutes later to time his leap perfectly and break up a deep pass intended for Jermaine Lewis.

Just a love tap: Bennie Thompson rolled over Qadry Ismail with a semi-hard tackle during special teams drills in the morning. Ismail responded by throwing the ball at Thompson, but the teammates reconciled after that.

Don't test him: Free-agent defensive lineman Charles Preston seems to get in a fight once a day. Yesterday, he got into it briefly with 323-pound veteran guard Jeff Blackshear, who took a swipe at Preston before backing off. Find another target, rookie, and be glad Orlando Brown no longer plays for this team.

Get it right: First-year receiver Kendrick Nord lined up in the wrong spot during seven-on-seven drills. Billick promptly yelled, "Get out," and that was it for Nord during that segment of practice.

Bad day: Rookie cornerback Chris McAlister had his worst day of camp, as he got burned deep repeatedly. Lewis burned him twice. The low point came in the morning, when free agent Phil Savoy flew past McAlister, but Savoy helped the defense's cause. That's right, he dropped the pass.

Bad day II: Starting quarterback Scott Mitchell tossed interceptions to Ray Lewis and McAlister. What's more, Mitchell made no effort to chase down Lewis after getting picked off.

Pub Date: 8/18/99

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