Billick, 11 players absent at workout

Ryan fills in for coach at voluntary camp

Ravens

June 14, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun Reporter

The Ravens are holding their final minicamp this week, but a large chunk of the team - including coach Brian Billick - apparently had other things planned.

In a smaller than expected gathering, 11 players skipped yesterday's voluntary workout, which represents the most no-shows of the offseason.

Even Billick missed yesterday to attend the high school graduation of his daughter Keegan.

Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan served as head coach in Billick's absence and appeared comfortable in his new role.

Asked if Billick has to worry about his job, Ryan said jokingly, "I didn't want to say anything, but the guys liked the changes."

The Ravens' no-shows were mostly star players: quarterback Steve McNair, running backs Willis McGahee and Mike Anderson, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, receivers Derrick Mason and Damien Linson, cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle, safety Ed Reed and linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs.

McGahee, though, was present at Tuesday's practice. He has attended most of the team's voluntary workouts after being criticized for not doing so during his career in Buffalo.

"We know where our players are," Ryan said. "This is a voluntary camp. We don't look down on the people who are not here."

Linebackers Dan Cody (knee) and Mike Smith (shoulder) and cornerback David Pittman (hamstring) did not practice.

The Ravens have their final minicamp practice today before receiving six weeks off.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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