Live from Westminster: Rolle to see another specialist for neck, still on PUP list

August 16, 2009 | Luke Jones

6:57 p.m. — The Ravens will hold two practices on Monday, a morning session at 8:45 a.m. and an afternoon workout at 2:45 p.m.  Both practices are full-squad sessions and are open to the public.

WNST’s Glenn Clark will be providing all of the coverage including hourly reports, blogging, and Twitter updates, so be sure to follow WNST.net for all of your Ravens training camp coverage!

6:50 p.m. — One of the last drills of practice involved some pressure situations late in the half.  The first and second offenses were presented with different scenarios in which they would have to run a play, kill the clock (if necessary), and line up for a field goal.

The starting offense struggled mightily in this drill with a few dropped passes, batted passes (courtesy of Antwan Barnes), and even a Flacco stumble and fumble while trying to escape pressure.

It was clear that Harbaugh was not thrilled with the way his offense played during this portion of practice.  Ed Reed was talking trash and reminding the offense they were still out there.

6:46 p.m. — I’m really starting to think Ed Reed is just trying to mess with people—including the media.  After playing in Thursday’s game and not wearing the red jersey during Saturday morning’s practice, the All-Pro was back in the red jersey this afternoon even though the players practiced in shorts and shells.

It’s clear the coaching staff is giving Reed the freedom and input to decide when he wants to engage in contact, but it’s impossible to really gauge his health with the constant change in jersey color.

6:43 p.m. — Terrell Suggs (Achilles) and Mark Clayton (hamstring) did not practice, but both players were out on the field, wearing spikes, and working on conditioning individually.

I watched Suggs run up the steps to the McDaniel College gymnasium, and he looked very mobile and had little trouble doing it.  I think he’s pretty close to getting back on the practice field, but that’s just my opinion.

I still haven’t received any signals of concern from the organization regarding the Pro Bowl linebacker.

6:40 p.m. — Landry continues to have an excellent camp, as he nearly picked off Flacco during 7-on-7 drills this afternoon, deflecting away the attempt.

With the emergence of Jim Leonhard in Landry’s absence last season, the strong safety is out to prove he’s a strong force in the secondary, and if his play during camp is any indication, I like his chances.

6:37 p.m. — Graham Gano and Steve Hauschka once again faced off in a series of field goal attempts this afternoon, with the latter appearing to have a slight edge in the early kicking portion of practice.

Hauschka made field goals from 31, 39, 41, and 48 yards.  On the 31-yard attempt, Harbaugh even tried to rattle him by signaling a time out much like an opposing coach would do in a pressure situation.  Hauschka made the attempt after the “timeout.”  Hauschka missed an attempt from 53 yards away.

Gano made kicks from 39, 48, and 53 yards but missed tries from 38 and 51 yards.

6:32 p.m. — Cameron pulled out a couple of gadget plays this afternoon to keep practice fresh.

On one play, Flacco hit Kelley Washington on a 10-yard curl with the receiver immediately lateraling to Ray Rice who was trailing on the play.  The ol’ hook and lateral was executed to perfection.

The offense also worked on a play with a series of laterals, mostly between the skill position players, but left tackle Jared Gaither even took one and quickly got rid of the ball.

6:29 p.m. — It was an inconsistent practice for Justin Harper.  The gifted receiver made an amazing one-handed catch on a pass thrown by Joe Flacco but was then chastised by Harbaugh later in practice for not using two hands to make catches.

The coaching staff wants to see more consistency with the 6-3 receiver, as the speed and size are certainly there.  It’s not a lack of effort with Harper, but it’s more about paying attention to detail and using good technique to catch the football.

6:28 p.m. — Jayson Foster appears to have worked his way up the depth chart after his impressive performance against Washington, lining up as a second-team receiver and catching several long passes during practice today.

At 5-7, Foster is undersized, but he’s fun to root for and shows ability in the return game.  I’d still say he’s a long-shot for the 53-man roster, but we’ll see if he can continue to demand notice from the coaching staff.

6:24 p.m. — ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was in Westminster today, and the Ravens’ PR staff presented the NFL reporter a key to training camp.  The fans loved the gesture, and it was a fun moment.

6:20 p.m. — The Ravens have signed veteran quarterback Cleo Lemon, giving them five quarterbacks on the current roster.  The team brought back rookie Drew Willy yesterday, but it appears he won’t be in Westminster for long after the Lemon signing.

Lemon has worked with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in San Diego and Miami.  The veteran quarterback—who was originally signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2002—was the starting quarterback that led the then-winless Dolphins to a victory over the Ravens in the 2007 season, hitting Greg Camarillo for a 64-yard touchdown pass in overtime.

Today was also Lemon’s 30th birthday, so it was clearly a nice present for the veteran quarterback to find his way on an NFL roster.

6:17 p.m. — John Beck was dressed to practice and took part in the walk-through portion of practice but did not throw any passes of real substance during the session.

I spoke to him after practice, but he deferred to the coaching and training staff regarding his injured shoulder.  He did confirm there was nothing broken or torn.

Beck expressed hope to throw later this week, but he said it isn’t up to him.  Harbaugh also implied that Beck’s injury was not as serious as speculated and his recovery wouldn’t be too long.

6:11 p.m. — Today’s practice was the longest of the summer, lasting over two and a half hours, and it also came on one of the hottest days of the summer here in Westminster.

Despite the heat, it is no excuse for media members to sit or lay down on the sideline, a violation of team rules and a policy held by most teams in the NFL.  A couple national media members learned this rule the hard way today.  After noticing the media members—no, they weren’t “big” names—laying on the ground, Harbaugh threw them out of practice.

All I can say is I’m glad it wasn’t me!

6:08 p.m. — Yamon Figurs limped off the field toward the end of practice, as he continues to recover from foot surgery earlier this year.  Figurs has stepped up his play recently at the receiver position, so hopefully this minor setback with the foot will not keep him out of practice.

Wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright left the field after banging knees with Dawan Landry during passing drills.  He did not return to practice.

6:05 p.m. — Jarret Johnson (back spams), Chris Carr (back spasms), Demetrius Williams (hamstring), and Dannell Ellerbe (knee sprain) all missed practice this afternoon.

Harbaugh said Ellerbe’s knee sprain could keep him sidelined for a week, and he may miss next Monday’s preseason game against the New York Jets.

5:56 p.m. — Perhaps the biggest news from today’s training camp was John Harbaugh revealing that Samari Rolle will see another specialist regarding his injured neck that has had him on the PUP list since the start of training camp.

Harbaugh said they simply want to be sure about the cornerback’s health, but the head coach had expressed optimism two weeks ago that Rolle would be returning within a couple of days.  Clearly that hasn’t happened, and the injury is still a concern.

Rolle has been seen on the field receiving electronic stimulation and has worked on conditioning on the field on several occasions.

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