Camp Notes & Injury Updates
As rookies, quarterbacks and injured veterans from last season took to the field today at the Under Armour Performance Center, technically kicking off the Baltimore Ravens 2012 training camp, the fun really gets started tomorrow when most notable Ravens will arrive in Owings Mills around 9AM.
John Harbaugh confirmed during his post-practice press conference that he has spoken to Ed Reed and it’s expected he will arrive on Wednesday and participate in the first full team practice set for Thursday at 2:30PM.
While Reed’s work ethic was questioned when he skipped mandatory mini-camp, Terrence Cody has became a fixture this entire offseason at team headquarters and was even practicing today even though his participation wasn’t required.
Cary Williams began practice with some additional stretching drills on the sideline as he is still recovering from hip surgery in February. Williams did participate throughout practice and mainly guarded receivers during one on one drills.
One player that had a notable performance today was 5th round pick, Asa Jackson from Cal Poly. At first glance, Jackson’s size doesn’t exactly scream prototypical modern day corner (his 5’10” listed height seems generous) but he definitely played bigger than even his listed height today.
While matched up against Tommy Streeter (6’5”), Jackson broke up multiple passes in the end zone demonstrating plus leaping ability. Streeter is the tallest wide receiver on the team and today’s performance is any indication for Jackson, size doesn’t matter and it won’t keep him off the final 53-man roster.
Second-round draft pick Kelechi Osemele (back spasms) watched practice along with Jah Reid (calf) who was wearing a sleeve to cover his right calf. After practice, coach Harbaugh gave a rare full injury update and explained that Osemele is expected to participate no later than Thursday while keeping open the possibility of a KO on field appearance tomorrow. Reid re-aggravated his strained calf a few weeks ago and the timetable for his return is unknown.
Pernell McPhee was also present but didn’t participate. He was seen on the sidelines walking gingerly on his surgically repaired knee. McPhee also missed a week of rehab as he was dealing with a personal issue.
David Reed was present and hasn’t participated so far. Coach Harbaugh said his recovery is going to be a slower one due to his torn ACL and it would be an “upset” if he was back by the end of training camp.
Ray Rice will meet with the media tomorrow at 5PM to talk about his contract extension with the Ravens. Ray Lewis is scheduled to follow Rice at the podium.