Ravens Camp Report: Wednesday Observations

WESTMINSTER -- Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown is unlikely to participate in Thursday's preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons because of a family-related personal reason, according to coach Brian Billick.<br><br> Brown missed practice Wednesday and Monday to spend time with his ailing mother.<br><br>

"He's still dealing with his mother," Billick said. "We certainly want to keep that the priority. It's unlikely he'll play Thursday. We want to make sure he's comfortable and on top of that before we put him in a game situation."

Ethan Brooks would start in Brown's place at right tackle.

ROTATION: Billick said quarterback Kyle Boller would play about a quarter, working for 12-20 snaps, followed by Kordell Stewart under center in the second quarter and perhaps for the beginning of the third quarter.

Billick said that receivers Travis Taylor and Kevin Johnson would see a similar amount of repetitions, exiting the game probably whenever All-Pro tackle Jonathan Ogden and Pro Bowl runner Jamal Lewis have played 15-20 snaps.

TRAINING ROOM: The Ravens will be without the services of outside linebacker Peter Boulware (knee), quarterback Anthony Wright (shoulder), running back B.J. Sams, tight end Trent Smith (leg) and defensive tackle Matt Zielinski (knee).

NICKELS AND DIMES: It's uncertain, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said, how much cornerback Gary Baxter will play after missing the majority of the practices since training camp opened.

Baxter had abdominal hernia surgery during the off-season.

Depending upon whether or how much Baxter plays, Nolan said he could line up him up outside or against the slot receiver in nickel packages.

If Baxter doesn't play, it would likely mean a starting combination of Corey Fuller and Raymond Walls with Pro Bowl strong safety Ed Reed acting as the nickel back. That would prompt the move of dime back Chad Williams to strong safety, and the insertion of linebacker Bart Scott in the dime (six defensive backs).

"It could look a lot of ways and it's hard to be specific because I've got to see if Gary plays," Nolan said. "Then, it's whether I play him inside on the slot or outside, or use Lamont Brightful or Ed Reed against the slot. The game is going to move such that you're going to see them all."

QUICK HITS: This will be converted receiver Javin Hunter's first game at cornerback in the NFL. … Veterans aren't required by Billick to stay at training camp, but have to return in time for breakfast and morning meetings. Rookies are required to stay at the team hotel. Curfew is set for 11 p.m., but there is no bed check. … Several Ravens didn't wear their usual numbers in practice Wednesday, including Ray Lewis (No. 1), Adalius Thomas (No. 2), Ed Hartwell (No. 3), Terrell Suggs (No. 4) and Baxter (No. 99). ... The Falcons run a version of the West Coast offense that features quarterback Michael Vick, receivers Peerless Price and Dez White. The defense has switched to a 4-3 set led by Pro Bowl linebacker Keith Brooking. … Lewis, tight end Daniel Wilcox and offensive tackle Eric Dumas are all Atlanta natives, and running back Musa Smith was a standout for the Georgia Bulldogs.

 


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