Camp Highlights


August 09, 2009|By Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee

FIRST MELEE:: Nine days into training camp, the Ravens got into their first scuffle. After offensive tackle Joe Reitz got tangled up with a defensive lineman, the offense and defense both converged into a mob. There was some shoving, but no punches were thrown.

FRUSTRATED FLACCO:: In the first couple of team drills, Joe Flacco got pressured and couldn't find an open receiver, which led to his scrambling more than throwing. Later, he overthrew an open Demetrius Williams in the end zone. The second-year quarterback showed his anger by yelling an expletive.

GETTING A LEG UP:: With Steve Hauschka getting the day off, Graham Gano stood out - but for the wrong reasons. The rookie converted five of nine field-goal attempts, missing from 35, 48 and 53 yards (twice). But with the fate of afternoon practice on the line, Gano converted a 36-yard field goal to give everyone a half day.

MOVING BACK:: Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata pushed Tre Stallings about 5 yards into the backfield and even knocked the backup offensive lineman out of his right shoe.

INJURIES:: Linebacker Terrell Suggs didn't practice and was uncertain whether he would play in Thursday's preseason opener. Wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring), Biren Ealy (groin) and Thomas White (hamstring), guard Ben Grubbs (sprained ankle), offensive tackle Oniel Cousins (ankle) and defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip) also did not practice. Offensive tackle Michael Oher (strained calf), the team's first-round pick, left practice early, but it's not considered serious.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:: "I don't know if there is more pressure on a kicker than that. It's probably more pressure than a preseason game. Can you imagine if he had missed that?" coach John Harbaugh on Gano's 36-yarder, which led to the coach canceling Saturday's afternoon practice.

Q&A: Wide receiver Marcus Smith

Smith, who played at New Mexico, attended the June wedding of former college teammate and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett and former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson. But Smith's childhood friend is Orioles All-Star centerfielder Adam Jones.

Question:: How ironic is it that you and Adam Jones ended up playing for Baltimore's two professional franchises?

Answer:: I don't know. Sometimes it's not up to us. It's divine intervention. But it's a good thing because I get to go cheer for him and give him support and he can come and watch me. We both came from the same neighborhood [in San Diego], so that definitely makes it more personal.

Q:: Did you play baseball?

A:: I played baseball first. We had played together since we were about 9 years old and until about my second year in high school. That's when I decided to run track and play football more, and that's what I focused on. He decided to play baseball more. I played third base and the outfield. I was above average. I definitely think I could have played [in the major leagues].

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