Ravens: Take a lap; Smith has minor quad injury

Circling the football field was the consequence for the Baltimore Ravens after each premature leap across the line of scrimmage. From offensive linemen Orlando Brown, Ethan Brooks, Jim Jones, Mike Mabry and Jason Thomas to defensive end Riddick Parker, all were told to take a lap after jumping offsides at Tuesday morning's training camp practice. Ironically, even quarterback Anthony Wright was given the punitive measure for messing up a snap count.

"The idea is if you can't stay onside, then at least come out and get some exercise," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "If you can't think, then do something physical."

Despite the miscues and an amount of dropped passes still at an unacceptable level to the coaching staff, the offense demonstrated signs of progress.

The offensive line came off the football harder and wasn't pushed around in pass protection as much as the opening day of camp.

And the defense wasn't able to anticipate the quarterbacks' intentions as often as Monday with Chris Redman and Wright able to look downfield to go through their reads with the line granting them additional time.

"Much better today, much more balanced, much more productivity, particularly in the offensive side," Billick said. "Again, I think we have enough talent across the board. The thing I liked was the tempo and the execution."

Several offensive players made the point that they simply needed to match the intensity of the defense. That's something that didn't occur at the inception of camp, or at the beginning of practice with three consecutive dropped passes before Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap caught a pass. As for making the players run laps for mistakes, Billick said he'll continue the policy until he grows tired of it.

"I knew I had to concentrate and focus even harder," Brown said. "I'm not mad at coach for making me run. I got the guys going this morning. We had kind of a rough day the day before so I smacked a couple of them around. "We got the emotions going. That's football."

ABSENCES CONTINUE: With rookie quarterback Kyle Boller skipping his second day of practice as a contract holdout, Redman and Wright are receiving an increased workload.

"Yeah, one man's stupidity is another man's good fortune," Billick said. "They're going to take advantage of it all they can."

Billick said the Ravens may entertain signing another quarterback to relieve the stress placed on the other three passers in camp. On Tuesday, punter Dave Zastudil helped the receivers warm up by lofting left-handed passes.

"Yeah, we need to get somebody else in here because it doesn't look like Mr. Boller is going to join us for a while," Billick said. "So, we need to get another arm in here and we will probably do that."

MEDICAL UPDATE: Defensive lineman Joe Salave'a remained out of practice with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee suffered toward the end of Monday morning's practice session.

Trainer Bill Tessendorf said Salave'a will be out for at least a few more days.

Rookie running back Musa Smith got tangled up with linebacker Chris Brown during blitz protection drills and incurred a mild strained quadricep.

Smith didn't return, watching the afternoon workout from the sidelines. He said he was unlikely to practice today and could miss a few days depending on how it responds to treatment.

QUICK HITS: Rookie receiver Hugh Smith dropped a couple of punts and did pushups as punishment. Incumbent return specialist Lamont Brightful and rookie running back Ryan Stewart fielded punts cleanly … The Ravens practiced several reverse plays, including one with the receiver having the option to throw the ball, along with fakes on placement kicks.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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