Suggs Out, But No One Seems Worried

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August 04, 2009|By Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley | Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley,edward.lee@baltsun.com

Terrell Suggs wore a protective boot on his left foot and did not practice Monday, but the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker-defensive end said he is confident that he will return to practice in a few days.

"It's nothing to get all worried about," Suggs said after Monday's morning session, adding that he felt "a little strain" in his heel during a passing drill Sunday. "I knew it wasn't a big issue because I hobbled off on it. Anytime you can walk on it or hobble on it, it's not that bad. They said just a couple of days, just treat it, and I'll get back as fast as I can."

Missing games because of injury has not been an issue with Suggs, who has played in every game of his six-year career.

Like Suggs, Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not seem alarmed by Suggs' ailment. "Suggs should be fine," Harbaugh said. "He put in three really good, hard days. He is off to a good start."

Suggs was replaced by rookie second-round draft pick Paul Kruger, who lined up as a pass-rushing end when the defense employed a four-man front.

Kruger, who recorded 7 1/2 sacks in his final season at Utah, couldn't comment because he was taking part in a mandatory weightlifting session with the defensive line after practice. But defensive line coach Clarence Brooks said Kruger appeared to perform well in Suggs' stead.

"He's playing that same position as Suggs," Brooks said. "We probably had a lot of that package today, so he's essentially doing a lot of the same things, and he's got that kind of skill. So it was a good day for him and a good day for us to evaluate him."

Injury update

In addition to Suggs, wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring) and Thomas White (unknown), defensive tackles Justin Bannan (day off) and Lamar Divens (unknown), and rookie tight end Davon Drew (right ankle) did not practice.

Wide receiver Demetrius Williams wore another ice pack on his right hamstring, and left guard Ben Grubbs did not participate in the latter portion of the morning session, walking around gingerly until the end of practice.

Rookie linebacker Jason Phillips (left knee) was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list, and wide receiver Biren Ealy returned after sitting out Sunday's practices.

Cornerback Samari Rolle (groin and shoulder), wide receiver Yamon Figurs (foot) and offensive tackle Adam Terry (arthroscopic knee surgery) remained on the PUP list and did not practice.

Talking it out

Cornerback Frank Walker and wide receiver Kelley Washington, two of the more lively personalities on the team, engaged in a verbal exchange during a one-on-one passing drill in the red zone yesterday. After Walker broke up quarterback Joe Flacco's alley-oop to Washington in the rear left corner of the end zone, Walker and Washington went face mask-to-face mask and jawed at each other for several seconds before going their separate ways.

Afterward, Walker said he specifically selected Washington to match up against. "He was telling everybody to come press him, and then when we get up to press him he bags up," said Walker, who was greeted by Domonique Foxworth, and both danced and celebrated Walker's play. "So that kind of defeated the purpose of what he was saying, but it was just a little camaraderie between the boys, basically a little motivation. May the best man win, and let's play well."

Washington acknowledged calling out the cornerbacks ("I tell them all to get in my face because I want to challenge all of them," he said), but agreed that there was no bad blood.

"It's just a competition," Washington said. "There are no egos."

End zone

Harbaugh clarified the team's wearing camouflage hats with the word "SURGE" on the front, which is a tribute to the efforts of U.S. troops in Iraq and the Middle East. "This is just a little token of our appreciation," he said. "You'll see our players wearing it around. The Ravens sure appreciate what's going on over there." ... With Grubbs on the sideline, Chris Chester manned Grubbs' spot at left guard, and Marshal Yanda lined up at right guard.

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