Ravens set to begin final minicamp

OWINGS MILLS – As the Baltimore Ravens launch their final minicamp of the summer in a precursor to training camp Today, coach Brian Billick has set an ambitious goal. Billick said the team will finish installing all of its offensive and defensive packages by the end of a four-day mandatory minicamp.

"That's a lot to learn, but it's got to be accelerated," Billick said. "That way, we hit the ground running in August."

The minicamp will be attended by the entire roster with two notable exceptions: running back Jamal Lewis and outside linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs.

Lewis was denied permission by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to leave an Atlanta halfway house to attend this work-related function. The Ravens are planning arrangements to send trainer Bill Tessendorf, coaches and Lewis' Charlotte, N.C. ankle surgeon to visit Lewis in Atlanta.

Suggs' felony aggravated assault trial begins Monday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona. Suggs turned down prosecutors' plea bargain offer last month, declining to change his not guilty plea.

Suggs' case is on the court's "high-profile" list.

"I'm not going to take no plea bargain for something I didn't do," Suggs said. "Because as long as I know the truth of what happened, I know I didn't do anything, why confess to something you didn't do? I didn't want to destroy my name or my family's name."

Meanwhile, nickel back Deion Sanders is expected to be limited in practice as he continues to rehab a surgically repaired toe in his left foot.

Other players likely to either be limited in team drills or held out of practice altogether includes: wide receiver Mark Clayton (hamstring), tight end Todd Heap (ankle, shoulder), offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo (arm), running back Musa Smith (leg), offensive tackle Orlando Brown (knee) and fullback Alan Ricard (knee).

Defensive end Tony Weaver missed last Thursday's practice with an unspecified injury, but indicated it wasn't serious and that he was likely to be back on the field Monday.

Also, middle linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed are expected to break their media silence Monday

After four practices this week -- sessions scheduled for 1 hour and 45 minutes apiece – the Ravens will reassemble July 31 in Westminster to report for training camp at McDaniel College with practice set for the morning of Aug. 1.

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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