Billick, Ravens mum on Boulware return

Coach acknowledges workout took place with former linebacker


August 17, 2005|By Steve DeClue | Steve DeClue,Special to

Though Ravens head coach Brian Billick is remaining tight-lipped about negotiations with Peter Boulware, he did admit one thing - the former Raven looked pretty good in a workout earlier today.

"We're still evaluating where we are with that and whether we can make that happen or not," Billick said. "Everything about him [Boulware] looked good, fresh. We'll see how we move forward."

Boulware, the Ravens' first round draft pick in 1997, was released in May. He played seven seasons in Baltimore before knee and toe injuries forced him to sit out all of 2004.

Boulware would fill the void left by linebacker Dan Cody, who may be lost for the season with an ACL sprain.

Billick comments on Owens

With a media circus ensuing in Philadelphia regarding the ongoing problems between the Eagles and disgruntled wide receiver Terrell Owens, Billick offered his feelings on the situation.

"I like the group I've got. It's never good to have distractions," said Billick about Owens, who dumped the Ravens in favor of the Eagles last year.

Billick is good friends with Eagles head coach Andy Reid and believes Reid has control over his players, even T.O.

"Andy's a good coach and he knows how to deal with his team and his circumstance," Billick said.

Defense dominates

The second to last practice of training camp featured a strong performance from the defense that included an interception by Samari Rolle off quarterback Kyle Boller. Rolle stepped in front of wide receiver Clarence Moore on a slant route and then lateraled the ball to a high-stepping Deion Sanders, who then pitched to Ray Lewis.

"Samari's getting more and more comfortable with what we're doing and showing that he's the elite corner we signed in the offseason," Billick said.

The second team offense had a few bright spots. Anthony Wright led the two minute drill efficiently and capped the series with a short touchdown pass to tight end Rob Abiamiri. Boller shook off a rough practice by hitting Moore in stride with a long touchdown pass.

Practice ended in a fitting way with former North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant throwing an interception to ex-Terp Chris Kelley who returned it for a touchdown.

Injury update

Adalius Thomas (knee) returned to practice . Todd Heap (ankle, shoulder), Cody (knee), Dale Carter (leg), Alan Ricard (hamstring) and Tyson Smith did not practice. Musa Smith (leg) did not practice with the team but did work on the side with trainer Bill Tessendorf.

Originally published August 17, 2005, 6:30 PM EDT

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