Ravens minicamp notes: Sanders on sideline

OWINGS MILLS – Nickel back Deion Sanders, who signed his one-year, $1.5 million contract Wednesday, was in uniform Thursday but inactive in drills as the Baltimore Ravens concluded a four-day minicamp.

Ravens coach Brian Billick didn't indicate whether Sanders would take part in next week's mandatory minicamp. Sanders, 37, hasn't resumed cutting yet and only began serious training June 1 after undergoing toe surgery on his left foot after an injury-plagued season.

"That's up to [trainer Bill Tessendorf] and Deion as to how he progresses," Billick said. "That's about getting him optimum shape for the opener. His impact on the organization without stepping on the field is nothing but a positive. He's here for the right reasons."

TRAINING ROOM: Rookie wide receiver Mark Clayton, the team's first-round draft pick, tweaked his hamstring again and was held out of drills. The injury wasn't believed to be serious.

"We have to be conscious of it," Billick said of an injury Clayton incurred at a rookie camp the weekend after Baltimore drafted him.

Defensive end Tony Weaver didn't practice because of an injury he declined to specify. Offensive tackle Orlando Brown (knee), fullback Alan Ricard (knee), offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo (triceps), tight end Todd Heap (ankle, shoulder) and running back Musa Smith (leg) were held out of drills, too.

QUICK HITS: In a two-minute drill, quarterback Kyle Boller's first pass was intercepted by Chad Williams and his second one was batted down by a defensive lineman. The offense eventually scored. … Rookie quarterback Derek Anderson is trying to catch up after missing two minicamps because his Oregon State class hadn't graduated yet. "He's lost right now," Billick said of Anderson, who's competing with undrafted rookie Darian Durant to be the third quarterback. … Billick said he plans to install the entire offense and defense by the end of next week. ... The only player not expected to attend next week's practices is defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs, whose felony aggravated assault trial begins Monday in Arizona.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: The Ravens donated home and away uniforms and cleats for all 18 Baltimore City public high school football teams, with Dunbar graduate Tommy Polley, safety Ed Reed and team president Dick Cass presenting them to players and coaches at M&T Bank Stadium. … Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas is holding his annual golf tournament Friday at Mountain Branch Golf Course. … Polley is holding a football and cheerleading camp Saturday and Sunday at Lake Clifton High School. ... Offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo is hosting a "Mulitalopalooza" concert Friday night at the Recher Theater in Towson to benefit high school music departments.

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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