Baltimore Ravens' Minicamp update (Monday)

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs will change his not guilty plea on two counts of felony aggravated assault and is expected to officially plead guilty to a reduced charge next week, according to Arizona court officials.

Suggs, 22, is scheduled to appear in Maricopa County Superior Court again May 20 for a potential change of plea, director of media relations J.W. Brown said Monday.

"Our understanding is that his attorney and the district attorney are going to settle the case with a plea bargain," Brown said. "We don't know yet what the specific charge or the sentence will be."

It's unlikely that Suggs would receive jail time, and is more likely to plead to a misdemeanor assault charge that would carry a combination of probation, a fine and community service. It's unclear what potential penalties Suggs might face from the NFL with an impending guilty plea.

Suggs' case stems from a March 29, 2003 fight at Phoenix Municipal Stadium following a basketball tournament, weeks before the Ravens drafted him in the first round. Suggs is accused of hitting a man with a reinforced metal rod.

Larry Kazan, Suggs' lawyer, said last week that he thought there was a good chance the case would be settled. He didn't return telephone calls Monday night.

Suggs missed the opening day of the Ravens' four-day, voluntary passing camp that began Monday. Suggs made the Pro Bowl last season as a linebacker.

REED ABSENT: Safety Ed Reed skipped Monday's workout even though Ravens coach Brian Billick expected him to attend after meeting with the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year last week.

The Ravens are trying to negotiate a contract extension for Reed, who has two years left on his original deal and is slated to make $550,000 in base salary this season. Reed reportedly may hold out of training camp if he doesn't receive a new deal.

"He didn't say anything about not being here, so I am surprised he's not here, but this is voluntary," Billick said. "That's his choice. As far as why he's not here, you would have to ask Ed."

Reed's new agent, Scott Parker, didn't return telephone calls.

Linebacker Ray Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden also didn't attend the voluntary camp.

BILLICK PREDICTS SANDERS' RETURN: Billick said he expects veteran nickel back Deion Sanders to rejoin the team next month.

Sanders intercepted three passes while being limited to nine games last season with foot and hamstring ailments.

"The plan right now is for him to join us in the June minicamps," Billick said. "That was the plan all along and I've heard nothing to indicate that that won't happen."

HEAP UPDATE: Tight end Todd Heap, who underwent shoulder surgery a month ago to repair his labrum, anticipates being available by the Sept. 11 season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I'll be ready to go for the season," Heap said. "I just want to make sure the thing is healed up. I'm already sick about not being able to be out there."

QUICK HITS: Wide receiver Clarence Moore suffered a neck contusion/strain and may miss a few days of practice. … The Ravens hired former New England Patriots assistant director of college scouting Lionel Vital as their national scout. He replaces T.J. McCreight, who joined the Cleveland Browns. ... Rookie receiver Mark Clayton returned punts and ran routes, but was held out of team drills after straining his hamstring last month. He'll soon be quarterback Kyle Boller's roommate. "That's part of building a relationship," Clayton said. "Having it off the field makes it a lot easier on the field."... This was the first practice back for a few veterans who missed most or all of last season: cornerback Dale Carter (blood clot), tight end Trent Smith (broken leg) and receiver Devard Darling (heel). ... Cornerback Chris McAlister is recovering from toe surgery and didn't take part in most drills as Samari Rolle and Carter manned the corners. … Running back Musa Smith, who broke his leg last season, was held out of practice for precautionary reasons. He's expected to return in June.

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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