Camp Update

July 29, 2008

QUARTERBACK DERBY

Kyle Boller seemed to get the bulk of the repetitions with the first offense, and he and wide receiver Derrick Mason hooked up often. But Troy Smith and the second offense enjoyed the most success against the first defense in goal-line situations. Smith rolled out twice for touchdowns, while rookie Joe Flacco connected with tight end Lee Vickers for his only touchdown of the drill. Smith's only mistake was a pass to rookie wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright that was intercepted by cornerback Corey Ivy. In his best imitation of Deion Sanders, Ivy high-stepped his way down the left sideline for what would have been a touchdown.

PLAY OF THE DAY

From the 40-yard line, Smith pump-faked to a running back in the right flat and floated a pass to rookie wide receiver Justin Harper, who was wide open 20 yards downfield and jogged into the end zone.

HIT OF THE DAY

Center Jason Brown is not the excitable type, but that doesn't mean he's timid. Brown engaged linebacker Ray Lewis in a brief shoving match less than an hour into yesterday's morning session.

INJURIES

Running back Willis McGahee (knee), linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (knee) and rookie offensive tackle David Hale returned to practice yesterday after sitting out Sunday. Cornerback David Pittman (foot) came off the physically-unable-to-perform list and practiced. Left offensive tackle Jared Gaither (ankle), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (undisclosed) and running backs P.J. Daniels (cramps) and Cory Ross (undisclosed) were also absent. Cornerback Samari Rolle (bereavement) is still excused from camp.

HARBAUGH SAYS

With all of the hitting and shoving taking place at camp, one would think coach John Harbaugh would consider reining in the physical pace set thus far. Not so. "We like to see hitting," Harbaugh said. "We're in favor of hitting. Hitting is something we look for."

BEST QUOTE

"ADJUST THAT HELMET! TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND COME AND GET IT!"

Wide receiver Derrick Mason to linebacker Ray Lewis after Smith's 40-yard strike to Harper.

TRAINING CAMP TODAY

The morning practice, which begins at 8:45 a.m., is closed for Suite Holders & Sponsors Day. The afternoon session, which is open to the public, starts at 2:45 p.m. The practices are scheduled to run between two and 21/2 hours each.

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