OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The most eventful moment of the afternoon occurred when a tremor from the earthquake felt up and down the coast struck the Ravens training facility less than an hour following Tuesday’s practice.
And, no, it had nothing to do with defensive tackle Terrence Cody if that’s what you’re thinking.
Prior to the earthquake, players completed a light shells-and-shorts practice in preparation for their meeting with the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. The practice was comparable to a typical Friday workout in the regular season, according to coach John Harbaugh.
Most starters are scheduled to play well into the third quarter, if not the entire first three quarters while select veterans such as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are not expected to see as much time. The third preseason game is widely viewed as the dress rehearsal for the start of the regular season. Harbaugh said the team watched film of Washington this week, but they have not installed a game plan for the Redskins, who the Ravens coach complimented as one of the most impressive teams of the preseason.
“We want to win, we always want to win,” Harbaugh said. “The guys that are going to have to win the game in the fourth quarter are all the young guys — just like they were able to do last week and that was good to see. We want to see us developing into a winning and a championship football team, and you guys will be able to recognize that, whether it’s on defense or offense, specials teams. We want to play well, and we’re going to go against a team that’s playing really well in the preseason.”
Linebacker Jarret Johnson returned to practice after sitting out the last two days with tightness in his back. Following Tuesday’s practice, he announced his intention to play on Thursday night.
Right guard Marshal Yanda (back) and cornerback Chris Carr (hamstring) also practiced on a limited basis. It appears unlikely that Yanda will play after missing five straight practices last week with back spasms and only participating for the opening portion of practice over the last three days.
Carr has been hindered by a hamstring tweak since last Monday.
Cornerback Domonique Foxworth sat out Tuesday’s light practice in what’s become a fairly predictable pattern during training camp. The veteran is still building strength in his surgically-repaired knee and has received periodic days off since training camp began in late July. With Foxworth not practicing, rookie Jimmy Smith and third-year player Cary Williams were once again running with the first team.
The Ravens have officially reached a deal with former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo. The rookie became a free agent after he was not selected in the NFL supplemental draft on Monday.
At 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, McAdoo possesses freakish size, but will be considered more of a long-term project than an option as a pass rush specialist in 2011. Declared ineligible by the NCAA as a junior last season due to an academic cheating incident, McAdoo compiled 29 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks in his freshman and sophomore seasons in Chapel Hill.
McAdoo fits the mold of a rush end or outside linebacker, depending on the defensive system.
“He’s on his way here,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to get a physical at some point. Don’t know much about him. I’ve heard good things about him. He’s a guy that got caught up in some situations there at North Carolina, but he’s supposed to be a very good guy and a very talented guy. We’re looking forward to seeing him here.”
The Ravens will have a walk-through on Wednesday in final preparation for Thursday’s preseason game in Baltimore. The session will be closed to the media.
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