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Suggs has a long journey to camp

Terrell Suggs' travel odyssey to training camp included an overnight stay in Las Vegas when his red-eye flight was cancelled hours after ending his holdout.<p> Instead of the rookie outside linebacker being able to practice with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday afternoon as originally planned, he wasn't set to arrive in Westminster until early that evening.<p> "I"m pretty tired from the trip," Suggs said, "but I can't wait to get out there and play some football."<p>

Then, Suggs was scheduled to check into the team hotel, take a physical, pass a running test and meet with linebackers coach Mike Singletary and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. "That's the unfortunate thing," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Now, things are out of your control. Now, that pushes you behind."

This development means Suggs probably won't participate fully in this morning's session, and Billick said he probably won't participate in Friday night's scrimmage.

Suggs signed a five-year contract worth up to $15.09 million. The pass rusher left the Arizona State campus as a junior after setting an NCAA mark with 24 sacks last fall.

Billick said he holds no grudges against players who hold out. As for their representatives, it's an entirely different story.

"No, the players I have no problem with," Billick said, "but the agents aren't going to get a Christmas card from me I can promise you that."

NEW ARM IN CAMP: Boller's absence was beginning to wear out the arms of the three quarterbacks in camp.

Punter Dave Zastudil had even been assisting them during warmups.

As anticipated, the Ravens signed a player to relieve the stress, adding free agent passer Matt Lytle. It's unclear, though, exactly how long Lytle will be here although Billick said Boller's impending arrival this morning doesn't necessarily mean Lytle's exit.

Boller's signing pushes the amount of quarterbacks up to five. Rookie quarterback Grant Noel has been with the Ravens the entire offseason.

"It's a tough situation, but it's the NFL," Lytle said. "I was given an opportunity. I'm going to do the best I can. It's a tough business."

Lytle was out of football last season, but the former University of Pittsburgh quarterback had prior stints with the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks.

He also played for the Rhein Fire team that won the NFL Europe championship three years ago as a teammate of Ravens Anthony Mitchell and Marques Douglas.

"We were getting a little worn out," quarterback Chris Redman said. "It's awesome to have another arm in camp."

OFFENSE IMPROVES: The direction of the Ravens' offense made a vertical move.

In a variety of situations, including the two-minute drill and red-zone work, the passing game was noticeably sharper.

"I thought we had an excellent morning," Billick said. "I though the quarterbacks did a great job of controlling the tempo of the huddle and at the line of scrimmage."

Billick criticized the offense's focus and execution at Monday's practice.

Anthony Wright located Travis Taylor on a nice fade route for a touchdown.

"We were kind of rusty," Wright said. "I think we're starting to polish things up a little bit."

Redman alternated between finding Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap and veteran wideout Marcus Robinson for scores. Frank Sanders was a consistent threat, too.

Both quarterbacks were more adept at identifying the correct reads.

"Slowly but surely," Redman said. "Obviously, the first day we were disappointed and coach Billick kind of gave us a jumpstart. We know we're going to be good. It's not a matter of a lack of confidence. It's just a matter of putting it all together."

MEDICAL UPDATE: Defensive lineman Joe Salave'a remained out with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Billick said he may return today.

Running back Musa Smith missed practice with a mild strained quadriceps muscle.

BEING CAREFUL: The coaching staff gave the players a water break midway through the morning practice.

Although the weather hasn't been overly hot, this is a cautious league on the heels of two Jacksonville Jaguars linemen collapsing in heat-related incidents.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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