Camp Update

August 05, 2008|By Edward Lee

QUARTERBACK DERBY

Quarterbacks Kyle Boller, Troy Smith and rookie Joe Flacco - and the offense in general - put on their best display of training camp. Their timing with the receivers was much improved, and none of them tossed an interception. If one had an edge, it was Flacco, the only quarterback to throw for a touchdown during a red-zone drill. He connected with wide receiver Derrick Mason, who corralled the ball over cornerback Derrick Martin in the rear-left portion of the end zone.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Rookie wide receiver Marcus Smith bailed out Boller on a poorly thrown pass off his back foot. Smith reached up and snagged the ball before cornerback Frank Walker could make an interception.

HIT OF THE DAY

Walker got a measure of redemption when he jarred the ball loose from Smith's grasp and rookie linebacker Tavares Gooden pounced on it for a fumble recovery.

INJURIES

Cornerback Chris McAlister (swollen right knee) missed the latter half of the morning session and did not practice in the afternoon. Others who took part in the morning session but did not practice in the afternoon were cornerbacks Fabian Washington (undisclosed) and David Pittman (undisclosed) and linebackers Bart Scott (left thigh) and Gary Stills (undisclosed). Players who did not practice included defensive tackles Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament) and Kelly Gregg (left knee); offensive tackles Adam Terry (sprained left ankle) and Jared Gaither (right ankle); running backs Willis McGahee (left knee) and P.J. Daniels (cramps); tight ends Todd Heap (right calf) and Aaron Walker (left knee); linebacker Dan Cody (right foot); and wide receiver Patrick Carter (dislocated left shoulder). Linebacker Edgar Jones returned to practice from an undisclosed injury.

HARBAUGH SAYS

If the players were looking for sympathy from the coaching staff after a day off over the weekend, coach John Harbaugh wasn't offering. "I think they were kind of fresh yesterday. Today, they came out and they were a little tired," he said. "The legs were tired, but they fought through it. Same principle. You fight through fatigue with good technique, attention to detail. That's how we get better."

BEST QUOTE

"HEY, STOVER! MY CAR'S MESSED UP! YOU'RE PAYING FOR IT!"

Mason after kicker Matt Stover booted a 20-yard field goal. The ball caromed off the slope of a hill and into Mason's Maserati.

TRAINING CAMP TODAY

Morning practice begins at 8:45 and is scheduled to run about two hours. The afternoon special teams session starts at 2 and will run for about an hour.

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