Adding Lemon Brings Number Of Qbs To Five

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August 17, 2009|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com

Familiarity with Cam Cameron's offense and an open roster spot brought quarterback Cleo Lemon back to Westminster on Sunday for another stint with the Ravens.

Lemon is the second quarterback added to the roster since John Beck suffered an undisclosed injury to his throwing shoulder in Thursday's preseason opener. Drew Willy, waived on June 18 after spending most of the offseason with the Ravens, rejoined the team Saturday.

That gave the Ravens five quarterbacks at Sunday's practice, although Beck did not throw in the workout.

Lemon, a six-year veteran who spent last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signed with Baltimore as a free agent in 2002, but didn't make the team.

"That was a good time, my first training camp," Lemon said. "Everything's pretty much the same."

Lemon subsequently played with the San Diego Chargers, where Cameron was offensive coordinator, and the Miami Dolphins, where Cameron was head coach in 2007. He has made eight career NFL starts, seven with the Dolphins in 2007, including the team's lone victory of the year over the Ravens.

"We want to see how good he is, we want to see if he can help us," coach John Harbaugh said. "With John Beck hurting his shoulder ... we need another arm in there anyway. And we had the roster spot opportunity. And Cleo's had some success, been in the system with Cam. That's a real big plus."

Lemon had a tryout on Saturday. On Sunday - his 30th birthday - he ran several plays in the offense Cameron brought to Baltimore last season.

"Some of the stuff is pretty familiar," Lemon said. "[But] it's a lot of new things I'm trying to catch up with, that I'm hearing for the first time. I have a lot of studying to do."

Harbaugh said he doesn't expect Beck to be sidelined very long with his injury. Beck told reporters that nothing was torn or broken in his shoulder, but declined to reveal the nature of the injury.

Morning off

Harbaugh canceled the team's Sunday morning practice, but put the Ravens through their longest session of training camp in the afternoon. The two-and-a-half-hour practice was conducted in temperatures that climbed into the 90s.

"It didn't seem that bad," he said. "Was it the longest? We don't really time them. We felt like we needed it. Our guys were working hard."

Still, Harbaugh was pleased the team handled the conditions so well.

"We've been that way the whole camp, so it's not like we're going to come out here for a long practice and be worried about whether the guys can hold up," he said.

Harbaugh wasn't as pleased with two members of ESPN the Magazine, who watched practice while lying down in one end zone. Harbaugh finally barked at the two and had them removed.

"Come to Baltimore, you learn the rules," Harbaugh shouted to the two offending media members.

Later, Harbaugh reiterated the rule he imposed when he came. "Nobody lays down at Ravens practice. Or sits," he said.

Injury update

Harbaugh said veteran cornerback Samari Rolle, who remains on the physically unable to perform list, will see a specialist about his neck. Rolle had neck surgery and has not been cleared to practice. "We don't want to take any chances," Harbaugh said. " We'd love to have him out there, but we want to make sure he's all right."

Cornerback Chris Carr and linebacker Jarret Johnson missed Sunday's practice with back spasms. Also sitting out were wide receiver Demetrius Williams (hamstring), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (knee), linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles), wide receiver Mark Clayton (hamstring), and tackle Stefan Rodgers (undisclosed).

Wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright limped off the field after colliding with safety Dawan Landry, but it did not appear to be serious.

End zone

The touring bus that carried ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen arrived on Sunday, and Mortensen was greeted with a group of fans chanting his name during a live segment on ESPN. ... Justin Harper made a one-handed catch on a pass from Troy Smith in one-on-one passing drills, and Smith completed another deep ball to Eron Riley later in team drills. ... Not to be outdone, Joe Flacco dropped a perfect pass over Derrick Mason's right shoulder to beat triple coverage on another play.

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