Rain forces practice indoors

Billick addresses Sams' DUI arrest

Reed returns to practice

August 16, 2005|By Steve DeClue | Steve DeClue,Special to baltimoresun.com

The Baltimore Ravens moved practice from McDaniel College to the indoor facility at Owings Mills this afternoon after moderate rain fell over the region.

Head coach Brian Billick was pleased with the intensity of practice, the team's first since a mediocre performance against the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night.

"This is just the kind of practice you want to have. It was outstanding," Billick said. "Physical, upbeat, great tempo and [we] got a lot done today."

Billick also took time to address the situation regarding return specialist B.J. Sams, who was charged with driving under the influence early Monday morning on Interstate 83 in Baltimore County, just north of the Baltimore City line.

"We'll have to wait and see what the actual circumstances are," Billick said. "He did not violate any team rules because he was on his own but we'll see where it leads from there."

Injury updates

Darnell Dinkins (shoulder contusion) and Ed Reed (leg injury) both returned to practice. Dinkins left Saturday's preseason game in the the first quarter, and Reed did not play.

Todd Heap and Musa Smith were not in pads Tuesday but did some running on the side. Dan Cody, Alan Ricard, Dale Carter and Adalius Thomas did not practice.

Linebacker Tyson Smith was injured during contact drills and was down for several minutes toward the end of practice. His status is unknown.

Special teams issues

The special teams unit failed to snap the ball before the clock during a two-minute drill, which left special teams coach Gary Zauner less than pleased.

"It'll cost you a game," Zauner said.

August 16, 2005, 6:26 PM EDT

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