Camp Update

July 30, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

QUARTERBACK DERBY

Kyle Boller and Troy Smith seemed to split most of the snaps under center during full-team drills yesterday morning. Boller remained true to form, playing it safe with short passes, while Smith took a few more chances. He was the only quarterback to throw for a touchdown during red-zone drills, connecting with wide receiver Yamon Figurs on a 15-yard pass. Rookie Joe Flacco displayed a strong arm, but he got off to a questionable start when his first pass was intercepted by linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Smith and wide receiver Derrick Mason connected on a nice touchdown strike during 9-on-9 drills. Smith threaded a pass between cornerback Frank Walker and rookie safety Tom Zbikowski and hit Mason in stride for what appeared to be a 40-yard play.

HITS OF THE DAY

During kickoff coverage drills, cornerback Derrick Martin flattened wide receiver Matt Willis. Less than a minute later, linebacker Nick Greisen laid out rookie wide receiver Marcus Smith.

INJURIES

Left offensive tackle Adam Terry suffered a lower left leg injury yesterday morning and will be out indefinitely. Linebacker Edgar Jones left practice with a right leg injury. Linebacker Dan Cody missed practice and wore a brace on his right foot. In addition to defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (sprained right knee), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (right ankle) and running backs P.J. Daniels (cramps) and Cory Ross (injury undisclosed), fullback Justin Green, tight end Aaron Walker and rookie wide receiver Patrick Carter were absent from the morning session.

HARBAUGH HIGHLIGHT

Coach John Harbaugh did not talk to the media for the second straight day, but he did a lot of talking with rookie safety Haruki Nakamura during a kickoff coverage drill. "Keep your eyes up!" Harbaugh snapped at Nakamura, who was trying to elude a wedge. "How are you going to make a tackle when your head is down like this?"

BEST QUOTE

"HEY, REF! DIDNT YOU SEE THAT PUSH-OFF? YOU GOING TO THROW THE FLAG? YOU MISSED IT, DIDN'T YOU?"

Cornerback Chris McAlister arguing that wide receiver Yamon Figurs was guilty of offensive pass interference before catching a 15-yard pass from Smith in the end zone.

NEXT DAY'S SCHEDULE

The morning practice begins at 8:45 a.m. and is scheduled to run between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. The afternoon special teams session starts at 2 p.m. and will likely run for about an hour.

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