Ravens Camp Highlights

August 12, 2009|By Edward Lee

DEFENDING THEIR TURF: Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo sacked Troy Smith, and cornerback Chris Carr got to quarterback Joe Flacco. Carr also intercepted a pass from Smith intended for wide receiver Justin Harper.

CATCH OF THE DAY, PART ONE: Wide receiver Yamon Figurs raced past cornerback Evan Oglesby up the right sideline and grabbed a long pass from quarterback John Beck with his fingertips.

CATCH OF THE DAY, PART TWO: Tight end Edgar Jones got his left hand on a high pass from Smith and caught it while falling to the turf. Jones received thunderous applause from the fans.

O-LINE SHUFFLE: With left tackle Jared Gaither (left trapezius) sitting out practice, the first offensive line included Oniel Cousins at left tackle. When left guard Ben Grubbs (ankle) was held out midway through the session, David Hale lined up between Cousins and center Matt Birk.

GETTING A LEG UP: With Steve Hauschka getting the day off, rookie Graham Gano went 10-for-10 on field-goal tries. He converted all five attempts from beyond 40 yards.

INJURIES: In addition to Gaither, wide receivers Mark Clayton (strained left hamstring), Demetrius Williams (right hamstring), Biren Ealy (groin) and Thomas White (hamstring), linebacker Terrell Suggs (strained left heel), defensive end Trevor Pryce (left foot), tight end Todd Heap (lower back), guard Marshal Yanda (unknown), defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip) and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers (foot) did not practice. Ayanbadejo (sprained toe) and wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright (upper body) did participate.

OVERHEARD: "I don't talk about it because I'm superstitious, but if that does happen, I hope the whole city will be up there with me because it'd be for the city as much as for me." - Jonathan Ogden, former Ravens offensive tackle, on his candidacy for the Hall of Fame

TODAY'S SCHEDULE: Today's practice is closed to the public and media. The Ravens open the preseason with a game against the Washington Redskins on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.

Q&A: Offensive tackle Jared Gaither

A fifth-round pick in the 2007 supplemental draft, Gaither has developed into the undisputed starter at left tackle. His nimble feet and strong hands helped him become a Division I basketball recruit as a teenager at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt.

Question: : If you could challenge any person - past or present - to a game of one-on-one, whom would it be?

Answer: : Shaq. He was my basketball role model when I was growing up. I always wanted to be like Shaq. So I would like to play against him, maybe get some buckets against him.

Q: : What do you think of Shaq's decision to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers?

A: : I think it's great. I like LeBron's game, and I've always been a Shaq fan. So I think that was a great move.

- Edward Lee

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