OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the Ravens took the field for the next-to-last workout of training camp, they were without fee safety Ed Reed and wide receiver Torrey Smith on Tuesday.
Wednesday will mark the end of training camp — even if it doesn’t feel that way since the Ravens now training at their Owings Mills facility — as the Ravens continue preparations for the Detroit Lions on Friday night.
Smith has dealt with a sprained ankle and appeared to be limping during the latter stages of Monday’s practice and has been limited the last two days. Reed has dealt with a sore knee stemming from a practice held at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 4 and was seen watching practice from the sidelined on Tuesday.
Left guard Bobbie Williams (ankle), wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Devin Goda, linebackers Josh Bynes (back) and Darryl Blackstock (groin), tight ends Dennis Pitta (hand) and Ed Dickson (shoulder), and defensive lineman Ryan McBean were also absent from practice. Linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon) remains on the non-football injury list while wide receiver David Reed (knee) is on the active physically unable to perform list.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said after practice that Jones is not dealing with a physical ailment and hinted that he was away from the team for the birth of his child. The veteran wide receiver and return specialist appeared to be favoring his leg during the Ravens’ practice at the Naval Academy on Sunday.
“He’s done a great job this camp,” Cameron said. “There’s no concerns from my perspective or the offense’s. He’s good to go.”
Defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee) and cornerback Asa Jackson (hamstring) returned to the practice field on Tuesday. McPhee received a day off Monday to rest his knee while Jackson had not worked in practice since sustaining a hamstring injury in the preseason opener in Atlanta.
Veteran kicker Billy Cundiff was 6-for-7 on field goal tries as he missed wide right from 41 yards for his only miscue. He also connected from distances of 52 and 50 yards and made his last five attempts of the practice.
It appeared that rookie Justin Tucker was given a day off — a common practice that each player has been afforded a couple times this summer — which gave an opportunity to punter Sam Koch to try a pair of field goals. Koch connected from 30 yards away before he missed a 41-yard attempt.
The Ravens used the same offensive line that they did Monday as Williams continued to rest his swollen ankle. Bryant McKinnie worked at left tackle with Michael Oher manning the right side and rookie Kelech Osemele moving inside to play left guard. Cameron downplayed the significance of McKinnie working exclusively with the starting offensive line for the second straight day.
“We’re just rotating everybody,” Cameron said. “We don’t have a first unit right now. He’s rotated in with the first group. He’s rotated in with the second group. We’ve played him some at tight end. He’s played the left tight end; he’s played the right tight end. We don’t have him running a “7” route yet, but we’re thinking of getting him in the passing game. But, no, he’s doing good, and so is the entire offensive line.”
Veteran Ma’ake Kemoeatu continues to push third-year defensive lineman Terrence Cody for a starting job as the 33-year-old once again worked with the starting defensive line while the 2011 starter lined up with the second defense.
It was a rough day for wide receiver LaQuan Williams, who slipped on a square-in route as a Joe Flacco pass went directly to cornerback Lardarius Webb. To make matters worse, Williams later dropped what would have likely been a touchdown pass from Flacco during 11-on-11 drills.
Flacco later delivered a high pass to the pint-sized Bobby Rainey that bounced off his hands and into the arms of backup safety Emanuel Cook, who returned the interception all the way inside the 20-yard-line before he was knocked out of bounds by guard Marshal Yanda.