Moore makes his camp debut


Wide receiver on field for first time since his hernia operation in May



Running across the middle and catching the pass lofted by quarterback Brian St. Pierre was not new for Clarence Moore. Completing the task during practice, however, was.

For the first time since undergoing an operation to repair a sports hernia in May, Moore practiced yesterday afternoon with the rest of his Ravens teammates at the team's training camp at McDaniel College.

"It feels like it's about time," said Moore, who was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list after missing 17 days of camp. "I don't feel like I'm working through any soreness. Obviously, I still want to take precautionary measures, but I feel like 100 percent right now."

Moore, who had expected to take it slow yesterday, said he was somewhat surprised when he was called into action with the offense. His first reception took him across the middle of the field, where he was promptly surrounded by three linebackers.

"I moved around as if none of them touched me, but it was obvious that they would've crushed me in full pads," Moore said with a smile. "But I was just acting stupid. I was just happy to be back out there."

At 6 feet 6 and 220 pounds, Moore could be an asset in the red zone, where he can use his height to catch jump balls over smaller defenders. It's a potential that has been largely untapped, as Moore caught just three passes for 59 yards in four games last season after leading the Ravens in touchdown receptions with four in 2004 as a rookie.

Moore was expected to compete with Devard Darling and rookie Demetrius Williams for the No. 3 receiver position behind Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton, but the hernia injury was a major setback for Moore, who said he is realistic about the uphill battle he faces.

Wide receivers coach Mike Johnson said he doesn't think Moore is behind Darling or Williams in the learning curve, but it's the physical conditioning that presents the biggest hurdle.

"He's a smart kid and he knows the offense," Johnson said. "Until he can get in shape and get 100 percent healthy, then you can't really throw him in there to compete. So the main thing for him right now is just for him to get healthy so we can throw him in the mix and go from there."

Ogden return still uncertain

Jonathan Ogden continued to work out on the side with his brother Marques, and coach Brian Billick gave no hint of when the nine-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle would return.

"It's [the decision] of J.O., the trainers and [strength and conditioning coach] Jeff Friday," Billick said after practice yesterday. "When they say he is ready to go, then he'll go."

In addition to Ogden, offensive lineman Brian Rimpf (hamstring), safety B.J. Ward (migraines) and tight end Rob Abiamiri (strained calf) missed both the morning and afternoon sessions.

St. Pierre makes best of it

As the quarterback competing with undrafted rookie Drew Olson for the third spot on the depth chart behind Steve McNair and Kyle Boller, St. Pierre understands that his opportunities will be few.

Still, after McNair and Boller played much of the first three quarters of Friday's night's exhibition, St. Pierre was under center for the remainder of the game, completing three of six passes for 33 yards.

"Whatever reps I get, I'll make the most of them," he said. "It's a tough situation, but I'm trying to make the best of it right now. I'm enjoying being here and hopefully I will be."

Practice pays off

The Ravens' penchant for working on the two-minute drill at training camp proved fruitful Friday night when the offense drove from its 34-yard line to the Giants' 25, setting up Matt Stover's 43-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Billick said he was especially pleased with the offensive line's performance, which afforded Boller time to complete four of six passes for 36 yards during the series.

"The protection was outstanding, particularly in the two-minute drive where the defensive linemen start to tee off and [think], `Just get after the quarterback,' " Billick said. "I thought it was very symbolic of how they played in the first half."

Record crowd

The Ravens had their largest turnout in their training camp history when an estimated crowd of 5,100 attended Sunday afternoon's practice session.

Sun reporter Katie Carrera contributed to this article.

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