Saturday’s training camp practice was quite an eventful one. Let’s get to the details.
Don’t Ask John Harbaugh About Injuries
As fans await the injury status of running back Bernard Pierce and wide receiver Deonte Thompson, head coach John Harbaugh doesn’t feel like talking about it.
“No comment on any injury situation,” Harbaugh said following Saturday’s practice. “It’s training camp. If it’s something serious, I’ll let you know. I’m not going to get into every knick or bruise that we have on our team.”
Update: The Baltimore Sun has reported that Pierce has a sprained knee with no ligament damage.
Defensive end Marcus Spears and linebacker Bryan Hall were also no-show’s at practice.
Wide receiver David Reed and safety Omar Brown were inactive for Thursday’s preseason game against the Buccaneers, but both were back at practice today. Brown was a full participant, and Reed was in uniform, but didn’t participate. Cornerback Chris Johnson also practiced, but was wearing a red penny indicating that he wasn’t cleared for contact. The status of his injury is unknown, but given his non-contact designation, it may be something upper body.
Rookie nose tackle Brandon Williams did suffer an injury today. Williams appeared to tweak something on his leg, he didn’t return to practice and was seen on the sideline stretching extensively.
Harbaugh’s Dog House Is Open For Business
John Harbaugh wasn’t a happy camper at today’s practice. Read more about the player he threatened to cut and which wide receiver he pulled off of the field.
Interception City: Terrell Suggs jaws at Jim Caldwell
Today’s practice seemed like a stronger effort was coming from the defensive side of the ball. Ravens’ quarterback were apparently in a generous mood as interceptions were given away regularly including a few from Joe Flacco who struggled with his accuracy more so in this practice than we’ve seen throughout camp.
Terrell Suggs was his typical self, leading the defense and jawing along the way. After multiple interceptions by the defense, Suggs was yelling from the defensive sideline across the field to the offense.
“Hey Coach Caldwell, what type of ship are you running over there?” he shouted multiple times. “You woke up a sleeping giant.”
Suggs got into the action himself, intercepting Flacco exactly how he had done to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, leaping and picking off a dump pass. Suggs returned the interception to the end zone and appeared to line up like he was going to try to dunk the ball through the uprights. After reconsidering, he decided to just place the ball on the ground.
Also getting into the interception-fest today were Omar Brown, Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb who was the beneficiary of a tipped pass by Albert McClellan.
Chykie Brown Is Still Hungover From Tampa Bay
In terms of depth, the Ravens appeared to be stacked at cornerback with Chykie Brown slated to be fourth on the depth chart. Prior to Thursday’s preseason game against the Buccaneers, Brown was enjoying a very solid camp but that wasn’t the case yesterday when he took the field with the first-team defense.
Brown had a good breakup on a pass to Marlon Brown, but struggled through other aspects of practice. Wide receiver Aaron Mellette torched Brown for a touchdown and former Texas Longhorn also lost many of his other one-on-one battles throughout practice.
Luckily for Brown, as the Ravens ease Webb back into his starting role and Brown will have an opportunity to get more snaps with the first-team defense. He possesses all of the physical skills a good cornerback should have in the NFL, his struggles have primarily been mental, which is coachable if it’s as simple as turning your head to look for the ball.
Furstenburg Continues To Push
Rookie undrafted free agent tight end Matt Furstenburg continues to vie for an opportunity to make the 53-man roster. Furstenburg had a good practice, caught plenty of passes and even worked on his over-the-shoulder and quick reaction catches following practice today.
Visanthe Shiancoe has been inconsistent but is favored to win the third tight end spot largely because of his experience. From what I’ve seen, Furstenburg is faster, has better hands and should be getting as much of an opportunity to win the job as Shiancoe.
Look for more of a contribution coming from Furstenburg in the upcoming preseason games as it’ll likely go down to the wire between he and Shiancoe.
Ravens Head to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday
The Ravens will hold their last open to the public training camp practice at M&T Bank Stadium at 5:00 p.m. They will still have a large practice at Stevenson University the following week, but that is still a lottery event.
After practice, I asked coach Harbaugh about heading to the Ravens’ home away from home.
We’re really excited about that,” Harbaugh said. “It’s going to be fun- can’t wait for it. Our guys are looking forward to it. It’s our home.”
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