J. Lewis, Suggs back at facility

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Araguz's wife has baby

Ward still out

Olson awaits his chance to play at QB

August 22, 2006|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

Jamal Lewis and Terrell Suggs returned to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills yesterday, and the whereabouts of Leo Araguz were determined.

Lewis was a no-show at Saturday's practice, and coach Brian Billick later announced that the team's featured back would miss the final two games of the preseason as a precautionary measure to rest his left hip flexor.

Lewis emerged inside the team locker room after yesterday's practice session and said he would be ready for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 10.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's sports section erroneously reported that Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was a no-show at practice Saturday. In fact, Lewis was excused from the workout.
The Sun regrets the errors.

"I know that my leg needs rest, but I really wanted to get out there and get some runs for those first two games," said Lewis, who rushed for a career-low 906 yards and three touchdowns last season. "But I think I got accomplished what I really needed to get accomplished."

Suggs, who got the flu after the Ravens' 20-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, practiced with the team and proclaimed himself healthy for Friday night's road game against the Minnesota Vikings.

As for Araguz, the punter -- who is embroiled in a too-close-to-call competition with rookie Sam Koch -- was absent from Saturday's practice, and Billick had little information about Araguz's reasons at the time.

Yesterday, Billick said Araguz was excused as he and his wife, Christina, welcomed a new baby to the family.

"I was remiss," Billick said. "I had forgotten that he was away for that when you had asked before. [He] should be back tomorrow, but they're obviously excited about [the baby]."

One player still absent is safety B.J. Ward, whose migraines have kept him off the field since the Ravens' scrimmage against the Washington Redskins on Aug. 5.

"They're still working on it," Billick said. "Obviously, anytime you're talking about something like that, it's very serious. So we'll wait for the doctors to tell us where he's at with that."

Olson waiting patiently

Rookie quarterback Drew Olson hasn't had a snap yet during the preseason, but he's not about to let it bother him.

Olson, an undrafted free agent from UCLA, said he knew that as the fourth quarterback on the preseason depth chart his playing time would be limited, but that it's likely he'll see some playing time in the final preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Aug. 31.

"It's tough obviously," said Olson, who is competing with Brian St. Pierre for the right to back up Steve McNair and Kyle Boller. "You sit back and you want to get in there and play and show them what you can do. But it's nothing to dwell on. There's no point in doing that or it's just going to get worse. So you try to stay upbeat, positive, keep learning and be ready."

Haley finding his place

The Ravens' coaching staff is familiar with Dennis Haley's work on special teams. But it's on the defensive side of the ball where the second-year linebacker is trying to carve out a spot for himself.

In two exhibition games, the undrafted free agent from Virginia has four tackles, including a strip of Eagles running back Ryan Moats that led to Musa Smith's 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

"Every time I go out on the field, I try to make a play," Haley said. "Every time you can make a play, you can open up somebody's eyes. So you go out there and play your technique and play the kind of football that you know you can play. The plays will come, and one came to me, and I was thrilled that it happened."

edward.lee@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Katie Carrera contributed to this article.

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