Owings Mills-It was day #2 of the Ravens mandatory mini-camps, and the team is taking a day-by-day approach with their injured stars.
Tuesday’s injury report could most be applied to Wednesday’s session as well.
Missing from practice was G Marshal Yanda (shoulder surgery), DT Terrence Cody (hip surgery), and OL Antoine McClain (foot surgery).
Yanda, who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery as reported by the Baltimore Sun, is expected back by training camp despite the fact that Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Tuesday was mum on the specifics or timetable of the injury.
“We expect him back by camp to some degree,” Harbaugh said. “Marshal Yanda’s done a great job with the rehab. He’s right on schedule, probably ahead of schedule.”
There was some speculation that the rehab could continue far into training camp, but Yanda has always been a fighter when it comes to injuries.
Two new absences from Wednesday’s session were S Omar Brown, who left Tuesday’s practice early with an undisclosed injury. RB Damien Berry was not seen on the field either.
Limited in practice were LB Albert McClellan (shoulder surgery), MLB Arthur Brown (sports hernia surgery), LB Jameel McClain (spinal cord surgery), and CB Lardarius Webb (ACL), and DT Haloti Ngata (knee sprain).
WR Marlon Brown and Ravens sixth-round pick Kapron Lewis-Moore were present as the media came out, but did not participate. Both are coming off ACL injuries, and Brown was catching balls off the JUGs machine at the beginning of practice, but that was the extent of his work Wednesday.
Once practice began, tight end Ed Dickson and WR Tommy Streeter left Wednesday during practice with undisclosed injuries.
John Harbaugh did not speak after practice, but those will be names to monitor Thursday.
Streeter showed signs against the backups before exiting-including catching a ball over Marc Anthony on a fade in the back of the end zone.
In passing drills, quarterback Joe Flacco went to his tight ends early and often-hitting TE Dennis Pitta and FB/TE Kyle Juszczyk on multiple crossing routes picking on the linebackers in coverage.
Safety Matt Elam, the Ravens first-round pick out of Florida, actually got an interception off Flacco, showing a quick burst to recover and get the pick.
However, Elam’s excitement got the better of him, as he hit the ground on the turnover and thought he was down-when no Ravens offensive player touched him.
It was also during these drills that things heated up a little bit-and not just the blazing sun at the Under Armour Center.
On top of a fight between Elvis Dumervil and Michael Oher, the bigger fight came between Jah Reid-filling in for Yanda at RG-and DE/LB Courtney Upshaw, who was shading inside in the Ravens defensive look, got into a little scrum during the session.
It was quickly broke up by the coaching staff and other players, but not before Upshaw tore Reid’s helmet off. Reid continued to hear it from the other defensive guys on the sideline for the remainder of practice, including Jameel McClain, who proceeded to approach the offensive side of the field during drills before being sent back over.
Suggs Excited by Mini-camps
It’s not every day that a 10-year veteran is excited to be at mini-camp, but LB Terrell Suggs is encouraged by what he’s seen out of the off-season program so far in his return to the field.
“I don’t want to pat myself on the back just yet…I just want to continue to work…it’s a pleasure to go to work with the guys right now, and I’m enjoying that,” said Suggs, who was very poised in his post-practice press conference.
Suggs also appeared to be noticeably 10 pounds lighter than his previous playing shape.
Multiple injuries limited the former Defensive Player of the Year to 22 tackles and two sacks in 2012, but Suggs said hes taking this opportunity-which he didn’t have last year after rupturing his Achilles-to come back better and ever.
“Everyone could tell that I really wasn’t the player I’ve been known to be around here,” Suggs said. “I had to make some changes in the off-season to be the best player I could be for my team.”
Suggs took a microscope to his off-season regime, including changes little things to his diet. It was all about emulating the preparation he had before his 2011 DPY season.
“I gradually got myself into shape, and ended up having a good year,” Suggs said. “I really wanted my off-season to be focused on the task ahead.”
But, Suggs does know that even if he isn’t entirely 100% coming back, a lot of the pressure on him might be lifted with a 3-time Pro Bowler in Elvis Dumervil on the other side.
“I’m ecstatic,” Suggs said. “I’ve had good guys on the other side of me before. I had a great guy in Jarret Johnson, but he wasn’t really known for his pass-rushing. Paul [Kruger] had a real explosive year last year, but to get a guy where his number one thing is to get after the quarterback, that’s really exciting.”
Suggs is just looking to be a part of a nice little deck-of-cards defensively.
“We added the addition of Canty, and once we get 92 [Haloti Ngata] healthy, we are going to have a nice little solid front.”
“We brought in a lot of guys to make our unit solid. I’m really looking forward to the defense as a whole-just how special and how good we can be and really try to achieve some things together.”