Camp Update

August 11, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

QUARTERBACK DERBY

The defense overwhelmed the quarterbacks and offensive line yesterday morning seemingly at the whim of defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. Troy Smith was sacked four times, rookie Joe Flacco twice and Kyle Boller once - and those are conservative numbers. When the quarterbacks did have time to throw, they either overthrew their receivers or had the passes knocked down by the secondary. The best throw came from Boller, who rolled out right and lofted a pass that rookie wide receiver Marcus Smith hauled in.

HIT OF THE DAY

Cornerback Corey Ivy delivered a brutal hit on wide receiver Mark Clayton when a pass by Smith went too high, leaving Clayton in a vulnerable position. Clayton quickly got back to his feet and returned to the huddle.

NJURY UPDATE

Defensive tackles Kelly Gregg (left knee), Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament), Kelly Talavou (sprained shoulder) and J'Vonne Parker (undisclosed), 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

By now, it's no longer news when coach John Harbaugh, a former special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, gets involved in practice. But during yesterday's afternoon session, Harbaugh took part in kickoff coverage and was immediately driven back by the duo of linebacker Antwan Barnes and rookie safety Haruki Nakamura. The crowd applauded Harbaugh for his effort.

BEST QUOTE

"YOU CAN'T KICK HIM! THAT'S YOUR TEAMMATE!"

Wide receiver Derrick Mason, admonishing Barnes for kicking rookie offensive tackle Oniel Cousins during a skirmish between Barnes and Cousins.

TRAINING CAMP TODAY

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

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