Playing without full house



Reed, McAlister are among several listed with injuries

July 26, 2008|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun reporter

On what was supposed to be the first day of training camp with a full squad, the Ravens opened with a less-than-complete cast yesterday at McDaniel College.

Safety Ed Reed (undisclosed injury), wide receiver Demetrius Williams (lower left leg), tight end Daniel Wilcox (toe surgery) and cornerback David Pittman (foot) were placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list. All four players were present during the morning practice session, with Reed and Pittman sprinting and backpedaling on their own.

The team was also without cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Fabian Washington and fullback LeRon McClain, all of whom were on the nonfootball injury list.

Coach John Harbaugh said he did not know when the players would come off their respective lists. If the players remain on either list at the start of the regular season, they will be forced to miss the first six games.

"As far as the different guys that have got the different situations that make it unable for them to practice, it's all different, and there's a timetable for each guy," Harbaugh said.

The other absences were linebacker Terrell Suggs (protesting his franchise tag) and cornerback Samari Rolle (father's death).

Practice yesterday - the first time the team had live hitting on the first day in recent memory - also took a toll. Running back P.J. Daniels left the morning session early and did not participate in the afternoon. Cornerback Derrick Martin and return specialist Yamon Figurs left the afternoon practice early with undisclosed injuries.

A Ravens spokesman said the team would not disclose injuries until it is required to craft an official injury report.

Rolle's absence weighed on the mind of several of his teammates. Rolle's father, Harry, died after suffering a heart attack last week.

"Like I told Samari, sometimes it's not what you're going through, but it's how you deal with it while you're going through it," linebacker Ray Lewis said. "Like I told him, anything that we can do for him, we're going to be there for you. That's when you really get away from the game of football, when life issues hit you that much. He's going through a lot, but as a man, I think he's handling it very well. As a family of teammates, we want to be there for him by any means necessary. That means just having a listening ear or just giving him a word of prayer, whatever it may be. Just to be there for him is what he needs the most."

A number of players are expected to attend Harry Rolle's funeral today in Florida. Wide receiver Derrick Mason, one of Samari Rolle's closest friends on the team, was slated to speak to the media today but elected to talk yesterday so that he could attend the funeral.

End zone

Beginning Monday, groups of players will not be available for autographs or interviews after practice because of a new weightlifting regimen. On Monday, offensive and defensive linemen will head to the weight room immediately after practice. Linebackers, running backs, safeties, tight ends and kickers are the next group, and quarterbacks, wide receivers and cornerbacks are the final group. ... To fill the roster spot created by the release of fullback Jake Nordin, the team signed former Washington Redskins wide receiver Darnerien McCants (Arundel). ... Because of technical difficulties yesterday, single-game ticket sales will begin at 11 a.m. today. Go to or to buy tickets or get more information.

Sun reporter Ken Murray contributed to this article.

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