Ravens camp update

August 18, 2005|By Mike Preston

Roadblock: The hole opened as quickly as it closed for running back Keith Burnell, who ran off right tackle but right into hard-charging linebackers Ray Lewis and Roderick Green. You easily recognized Burnell after the play. He was the player picking his mouthpiece off the ground.

Scary moment: A hush came over the crowd and the coaching staff when defensive lineman Walter Curry fell over offensive tackle Adam Terry and then accidentally smashed into quarterback Anthony Wright. Wright hit the ground hard but was OK.

Quarterback saga: You can see it in coach Brian Billick's face at times. Three times yesterday Kyle Boller threw long touchdown passes, and twice he was intercepted for touchdowns. One of the interceptions was on a slant-in pass to Clarence Moore, a replay of the interception Boller threw against the Falcons on Saturday night (the ball was intended for Derrick Mason). A lot of times Billick just shakes his head in approval or disappointment. Other times, he just tugs on the beard, which seems to come in handy these days.

Jamal Lewis file: He gets more and more work every day. Lewis is cutting well and seems to have adjusted to a few new wrinkles in the offense. By the opener against Indianapolis, he'll be at peak level.

Setting up: Billick has often left the decision to use the shotgun formation up to his quarterback, but the Ravens have used it more frequently in the past couple days.

Today's practice: Special teams at 1:30 p.m. Regular practice is 2 to 4 p.m.

Injuries: Tight end Todd Heap (ankle and shoulder), running back Musa Smith (leg), end/outside linebacker Dan Cody (knee) and cornerback Dale Carter (leg) did not practice.

Countdown to season opener: 25 days.

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