Camp Update

August 10, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

QUARTERBACK DERBY

Troy Smith and rookie Joe Flacco split most of the repetitions during full-team drills yesterday, and both faltered badly. Smith was intercepted three times (by linebacker Ray Lewis, free safety Ed Reed and strong safety Dawan Landry) in his first eight pass attempts, and cornerback Samari Rolle nearly squeezed in one more. The defense sniffed out a flea-flicker by Flacco, and he would have been sacked by linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and defensive tackle Salomon Solano. Kyle Boller took a few snaps and connected on short passes while misfiring on his deep throws.

PLAY OF THE DAY

It didn't take Reed long to re-acquaint himself with the offense. The beneficiary of a pass by Smith tipped at the line of scrimmage, Reed corralled the interception and raced past the players on the field.

HIT OF THE DAY

There was no contact, but when Lewis snatched a pass by Smith that bounced off the hands of rookie running back Ray Rice and began running down the right sideline, the entire offense standing behind the play on the field moved to the left to cut off Lewis from the end zone.

INJURY UPDATE

Defensive tackles Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament), Kelly Gregg (left knee) and Kelly Talavou (sprained shoulder); linebackers Dan Cody (right foot), Prescott Burgess (broken left wrist), Robert McCune (undisclosed) and rookie Tavares Gooden (undisclosed), cornerbacks Chris McAlister (right knee) and Fabian Washington (undisclosed), running backs Willis McGahee (left knee) and P.J. Daniels (shoulder), offensive tackles Adam Terry (sprained left ankle) and Jared Gaither (right ankle) and tight end Todd Heap (right calf) did not practice.

HARBAUGH HIGHLIGHT

The coaching staff was not pleased with the offensive display at practice, and coach John Harbaugh voiced his displeasure after Smith misfired on a pass to running back Cory Ross. "The ones [first offense] back on the field. The offense decided not to come to practice today!" Harbaugh said, his voice rising. "We're going to get this right."

BEST QUOTE

"IS IT CHRISTMAS WITH ALL OF THESE GIFTS WE'RE GETTING TODAY?"

Lewis, after the defense intercepted Smith for the third time yesterday morning.

TRAINING CAMP TODAY

The morning and afternoon practice sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., respectively, and are scheduled to run about two hours each.

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