Rough day at Ravens training camp

WESTMINSTER -- It was a torridly hot day at the Baltimore Ravens' training camp as the heat index and the physical contact of football practice took their toll.

Gritty nose guard Kelly Gregg hyperextended his right elbow and left practice, but said he could be back as soon as Friday.

Running back Chester Taylor collapsed in exhaustion and was carted off the field. He appeared to recover well, indicating later that he felt fine.

Taylor, who has taken increased work in Lewis' absence, was the second player to succumb to the heat as receiver Clarence Moore left practice earlier this week, too.

Cornerback Samari Rolle tweaked his hamstring, as did return specialist B.J. Sams. Neither injury is considered serious.

"Nothing major," Sams said.

Running back Musa Smith (leg), tight end Todd Heap (ankle, shoulder), receiver Tommy Manus, defensive end Chase Goodpaster, linebacker Dan Cody (knee) and defensive tackle Gary Gibson (foot) didn't practice.

WAITING FOR J. LEWIS: Since running back Jamal Lewis isn't expected to report to camp until Monday at the earliest as he meets with Atlanta probation officials, his football time table has been pushed back.

The team wants to ease Lewis back into an environment he's been away from for seven months as he served four months in federal prison for a drug crime and two months in a halfway house. Billick said it's unlikely that Lewis will play in the first preseason game Aug. 13 against the Atlanta Falcons.

"It backs up the progression," Billick said. "It doesn't kill us, but it's unfortunate."
Asked if he was confident that Lewis will be allowed to leave the Northern District of Georgia by Monday, Billick huffed: "I don't know. You'll have to call the U.S. Magistrate, I guess. I need to clear it with him anytime I do anything."

PRACTICE MOVED: The Ravens are shifting their afternoon practice from Westminster to their Owings Mills' indoor facility. The session will be closed to the public.

PERSONNEL MOVE: The Ravens signed former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tron LaFavor, a 6-foot-2, 290-pounder who was a fifth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2003. The former University of Florida standout played in four games last year for Dallas, registering two tackles.

QUICK HITS: Billick praised journeyman running back Tellis Redmon. "Tellis Redmon, in particular, has great pad level," Billick said. … NFL officials will meet with the team this afternoon. … Billick indicated that the starters will play roughly 10 plays in a 50-snap scrimmage against the Washington Redskins on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

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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