Camp Update

August 14, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

QUARTERBACK DERBY

After a stretch of poor practices, Troy Smith appeared to have vastly improved. His first two passes during full-team exercises were deep throws that had touchdown written all over them if wide receiver Mark Clayton had caught the balls. Smith's only miscue was a well-played pump fake that ended up in the arms of cornerback Ronnie Prude. Kyle Boller avoided trouble for the most part, opting to throw to receivers on quick slants or outs toward the sidelines. He capped the session with a 40-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Justin Harper. Rookie Joe Flacco's outing didn't stand out.

PLAY OF THE DAY

After getting called out by coaching intern Brad Jackson, newly signed fullback Lorenzo Neal ran an out-and-up route on linebacker Edgar Jones and easily hauled in a long pass from Flacco.

INJURIES

Cornerbacks Chris McAlister (right knee), Samari Rolle (hamstring), Fabian Washington (neck spasms), Derrick Martin (head) and David Pittman (undisclosed), linebackers Dan Cody (right foot), Robert McCune (right quadriceps) and rookie Tavares Gooden (hip), defensive tackles Kelly Gregg (arthroscopic knee surgery) and Kelly Talavou (sprained shoulder), offensive tackles Adam Terry (sprained left ankle) and Jared Gaither (right ankle), tight ends Todd Heap (right calf) and Aaron Walker (left knee), running back Willis McGahee (arthroscopic knee surgery) and wide receiver Yamon Figurs (paternity leave) did not practice.

HARBAUGH HIGHLIGHT

With five cornerbacks sitting out practice for various injuries, Frank Walker, Corey Ivy and Prude were forced to take every rep. The defense even used an unlikely player. "I think Mark Clayton played nickel," coach John Harbaugh said. "So we're ready for an emergency."

BEST QUOTE

"I'M STILL PRETTY NOW, DON'T YOU THINK?"

Neal, feigning offense after being asked whether joining the Ravens was a way to "rejuvenate" himself and his career.

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.

Edward Lee

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