Ngata, 4 others back at practice


Ogden could also return today



The Ravens were healthier for yesterday's practice than they were entering the preseason opener two days earlier.

Of the nine players who missed the 17-16 loss to the New York Giants, five returned to practice, including defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The team's first-round pick had missed all of camp last week with a sprained knee.

"He needs a lot of reps," coach Brian Billick said.

The others back practicing were: linebacker Ray Lewis, cornerback Samari Rolle, cornerback David Pittman and tight end Rob Abiamiri.

Pittman, a third-round pick, had been sidelined for the majority of camp with a strained hamstring. In one of his first team drills back, he had to be told where to line up and then was beaten by tight end Bobby Blizzard for a catch.

The Ravens were still missing offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (personal reasons), receiver Clarence Moore (hernia), safety B.J. Ward (head) and offensive lineman Brian Rimpf (hamstring). Ogden is expected to return to practice as early as today.

Williams excels in debut

While the rumors continue to circulate about the Ravens' interest in Denver Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie, Demetrius Williams keeps showing promise as a rookie receiver.

The fourth-round pick out of Oregon had three catches for a team-leading 43 yards in the preseason opener.

"I would have loved to see him make that catch in the end zone," Billick said of the pass that sailed behind Williams. "That would have capped a brilliant night. He's making great strides, and he's showing he's capable of making those plays."

End zone

Billick said he has no concerns about the punting game after just one game. Leo Araguz and Sam Koch combined to average 34.5 yards on six punts.

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