Billick vague on quarterback game plan

<p>Chris Redman was poised and accurate. The Baltimore Ravens' leading starting quarterback candidate launched a series of deep spirals for touchdowns during Thursday morning's practice at McDaniel College. With the defense not mounting much of a pass rush and defensive backs failing to match the receivers' acceleration, Redman took advantage.&nbsp;</p>

He found Travis Taylor twice behind the secondary with precise, looping touchdown passes. Whether Redman's progression can be viewed as an indicator of any extra playing time for Saturday's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons remains unclear. When Ravens coach Brian Billick was asked if he would maintain the same game plan for the quarterbacks as he did last week against the Buffalo Bills, a lineup of Redman starting, Anthony Wright substituting by the second quarter and rookie Kyle Boller playing the entire second half, Billick said flatly: "No." As for whether Redman would play more than a quarter, Billick said, "We'll find out." 

Boller had the best statistical performance of the trio last week in a 20-19 loss, throwing a touchdown to Randy Hymes in the final minute. Billick expects Boller to not change his approach regardless of how his playing time is allotted. "If he does, that's a mistake on his part," Billick said. 

ZEUS ON THE PROWL: Hulking offensive tackle Orlando Brown hasn't played in an actual football game in three years. It was a forced hiatus caused by his eye being damaged by an errantly-tossed penalty flag when he was with the Cleveland Browns. Despite a nagging thigh injury directly above his knee, Brown is primed to make his return debut at the Georgia Dome after missing the Bills' contest. "I'm going to be happy, but I'm going to be wired up, too," said Brown, who stands 6-foot-7 and 350 pounds. "I've got to keep my cool if they let me go." 

Brown is known for his legendary temper, but has yet to resort to fisticuffs in training camp yet. He hasn't been shy about attempting to inspire the offense and intimidate the defense with his physical tactics and personal brand of colorful language. "That's just me," Brown said. "I'm real emotional sometimes. If I see guys dragging, they need to be slapped in the head. That's what I'm there for. I tell them if I'm dragging, slap me. Sometimes, you need that." 

MEDICAL UPDATE: Rookie outside linebacker Terrell Suggs remained limited in practice with a sore neck one day after a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed no structural damage. "I'll know tomorrow if I'm playing," said Suggs, a first-round draft pick who injured his neck in a goal line drill. When asked if he wanted to play, Suggs said: "What kind of football player doesn't want to play football? That's like the payoff that you work all week for." Billick said in all probability that Suggs will still play against the Falcons. "He's cleared all his tests," Billick said. "He's just got a stiff neck." Hymes was carted off the field after experiencing muscle cramps on a muggy day, but it wasn't serious. Offensive guard Bennie Anderson (ankle) practiced without incident as did receiver Todd Devoe (hamstring). Billick said Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap (back) is likely to play a limited amount of snaps on Saturday. The remainder of the injured list who didn't practice: running back Musa Smith (knee), center Mike Flynn (knee), linebacker Cornell Brown (hamstring), safety Ray Perryman (shoulder), receiver Javin Hunter (ruptured Achilles tendon), linebacker Bernardo Harris (broken fibula), tight end Trent Smith (broken tibia), receiver Frank Sanders (toes), cornerback Tom Knight (hamstring), fullback Harold Morrow (knee) and punter Dave Zastudil (hamstring). 

QUOTABLE: Billick on who needs to step forward against the Falcons: "Anybody that wants to be employed in three weeks. That is the way it is right now. It gives them a lot of opportunity to show they belong in the NFL."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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