Any comeback attempt isn't expected to take place for at least two weeks. Sanders hasn't played since the 2000 season with the Washington Redskins and would operate at nickel back if he ends his retirement.
BALL COACH: Former Washington Redskins and University of Florida coach Steve Spurrier attended the Ravens' morning practice session.
He visited with the coaching staff, including former Florida assistant Jedd Fisch, along with former Gators receiver Travis Taylor.
"We've got way too many head coaches around here in my life," Ravens coach Brian Billick quipped. "It's great to have Steve out here and he's going to give us a critique."
Former Florida cornerback Fred Weary said that Spurrier had no immediate plans to return to coaching, although he has been linked often with the University of North Carolina position currently held by John Bunting.
"He said he's just relaxing right now, taking it day by day," Weary said. "I think you'll see him back at the college level by next year."
RESTING UP: Backup quarterback Kordell Stewart didn't take part in passing drills to rest a fatigued throwing shoulder as a precautionary measure.
"His shoulder is a little sore," Billick said. "Basically, he's been throwing a lot and needed to take the morning off."
Stewart, 31, predicted he would be able to take part in workouts today, barring unforeseen muscle pain.
"Especially for an old, stinky veteran like me, I have to care of myself," said the former Pittsburgh Steelers starter and one-time Pro Bowl selection. "There's no reason to do anything crazy and make it worse."
TRAINING ROOM: Rookie tight ends Nick Eller and Brett Pierce returned to practice after nursing sprained ankles the previous day. Weary (quadriceps), linebacker Peter Boulware (knee), quarterback Anthony Wright (shoulder), tight end Trent Smith (leg), running back B.J. Sams (thumb), return specialist Derek Abney (shoulder), defensive tackle Matt Zielinski (knee) and tackle Orlando Brown (family illness) didn't practice. Offensive guard Casey Rabach is limited after spraining his medial collateral ligament and will miss a scheduled start Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Weary said a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed no knee damage "I've got to get the blood to drain out of my leg to let the swelling go down," he said.
QUICK HITS: Taylor dropped a well-thrown flea-flicker pass from Kyle Boller. Then, he made an acrobatic snag later in the afternoon session.
Cornerback Ray Walls intercepted a pair of passes. … The Ravens-Falcons' preseason game earned a 20 rating and a 34 share, the top-rated show Thursday night and the highest rating ever for a preseason game in Baltimore. …Billick praised nose guard Maake Kemoeatu, who collected two sacks against the Falcons.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.