Sprained ankle sidelines Wilcox

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Status for 1st preseason game unclear

Reed, Rolle miss practice with injuries

August 09, 2007|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER

Tight end Daniel Wilcox will miss the next couple of practices, and his status for the Ravens' first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday is unclear.

Wilcox said he sprained his left ankle when running back Willis McGahee accidentally stepped on Wilcox's heel during yesterday's practice at McDaniel College in Westminster. He walked off the field with a trainer and did not return.

"It's definitely a sprain," said Wilcox, whose ankle was fitted with a splint. "Kind of just waiting to see how things are going to turn out. Right now, I don't think I'm going to practice, but I'm no doctor. I'm just praying and waiting to see how things turn out."

Wilcox, who limped to his car in the parking lot of the team hotel, said he did not know if he was going to play against the Eagles. "But I'm going to do everything I can to get it right," he said, adding that on a scale of one to 10, the pain was "seven or eight."

Safety Ed Reed (ankle) and cornerback Samari Rolle (head) did not practice yesterday because of injuries.

"Samari got a little ding on that goal-line [drill]," coach Brian Billick said. "He thinks his name is Sammy, not Samari right now. And Ed Reed, I think he tweaked his ankle a little bit, but nothing serious."

The team had another scare when rookie quarterback Troy Smith appeared to injure his ankle during a running back drill and limped around with a trainer. But Smith shook off the pain and continued to practice.

Defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (right thigh bruise) and linebacker Jamar Enzor (left hamstring strain) worked out in individual drills, but did not practice.

New position for Prude

Ronnie Prude might have found a new role in the Ravens' defense.

The second-year cornerback lined up at safety yesterday during 11-on-11 drills. Prude, who played alongside safety Jamaine Winborne, said he is adjusting to the position.

"It's going all right," he said. "It's just a learning process that me and DT [secondary coach Dennis Thurman] and [safeties coach] Mark Carrier are doing. You never know what situation you're going to have in a game. I may have to go in at safety and execute at a high level. I'm just getting prepared and trying to do my best at that situation."

Prude said the biggest challenge with making the switch is the new set of responsibilities that come with being a safety.

"As the safety, you're the quarterback of the defense," he said. "You have to scan the whole field and talk a whole lot more. At corner, you really don't talk as much because you're covering a receiver on that side of the field. But being a safety, you have to communicate with everybody."

Rimpf looks to prove himself

The field is deep, but guard Brian Rimpf still believes he can secure a spot on the Ravens' 53-man roster this season.

Rimpf, a seventh-round pick in 2004 who started the final seven games in 2005, strained his left hamstring during training camp last year and was placed on injured reserve, sitting out the season.

"I definitely am improving," he said yesterday. "I feel like I'm back to being healthy. I don't even notice my hamstring anymore. I feel like I'm back to playing the way I played in '05."

Oglesby steps up

With Rolle sitting out yesterday's practice, cornerback Evan Oglesby lined up opposite cornerback Chris McAlister on the first unit.

Oglesby, who played in all 16 regular-season games last season, said he's trying to gain the coaches' confidence to use him more frequently.

"There's a lot of talent out here," he said. "I'm working hard so that if that happens, the coaches will feel comfortable with me in that position. If one of those guys does go down, they can know that the spot will be taken care of."

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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