Inside Ravens Training Camp - Tuesday

Ravens Insider's daily look at the happenings in Westminster. Actually, some of today's happenings took place indoors at the Owings Mills training facility because of impending thunderstorms.

WHO'S HOT: Kyle Boller threw hard, accurate spirals, appearing much less cautious and hesitant. It was one of his best practices of training camp.

Rookie fullback Justin Green caught a pair of swing passes out of the backfield for touchdowns.

Mark Clayton knows how to escape from the doghouse: catch touchdowns. The top draft pick snared a crisp Boller pass for a score on a crossing pattern.

WHO'S NOT: Tommy Polley got trucked at the line of scrimmage. Can this undersized linebacker consistently hold up at the point of attack?

Maake Kemoeatu had similar troubles, getting pushed around along the interior line as the offensive line fired off the football with power.

Devard Darling has had a way too quiet training camp juxtaposed by steady showings from his competition: Patrick Johnson and Randy Hymes.

NEWSFLASH: Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas crumpled underneath a pile and injured his right knee, which he told coaches and teammates he hyperextended. Thomas was later seen limping around the team hotel with a sleeve on his leg. He told reporters, "I'm going to my room to rub some dirt on it." It's unclear how long he'll be out.

ON THE FIELD: Boller found Derrick Mason in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Chester Taylor burst over the top of the defense for a touchdown in red-zone work.

Matt Stover used body language to urge a 45-yard field goal through the uprights, coaxing it in with a, "Get in there!"

Rhys Lloyd, the British rookie kicker, nailed a 50-yarder with plenty of room to spare.

OFF THE FIELD: The Ravens shifted their morning practice at the last minute to their indoor facility in Owings Mills because of lightning strikes in Westminster. The Ravens rested cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Deion Sanders.

Buddy Ryan, the architect of the Chicago Bears' 46 defense and a former NFL head coach, dropped by to check out the version, his son, Rex Ryan, is installing in his first year as the Ravens' defensive coordinator.

Hall of Fame middle linebacker Sam Huff visited practice to tape an NFL Films clip on middle linebacker Ray Lewis in a reprisal of the "Violent World of Sam Huff," feature.

BEARD WATCH: In my daily observation on Ravens head coach Brian Billick's new-look, gray beard, it sparks comparisons to actor Denver Pyle, the original Uncle Jesse from "The Dukes of Hazzard," not country music icon Willie Nelson from the recently released movie.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Being around a lot of people in prison and talking to a lot of people, you know to value every day that you have. I missed a lot of things while I was there, just driving a car, eating good food, things like that.

"You miss those things. When you're out here on the street, you don't think about those things. I'm back doing what I like to do, doing what I do best. I'm not a bad person."

Running back Jamal Lewis on his relief at being at training camp after a four-month federal prison sentence in Florida for a cocaine conspiracy charge and two months in an Atlanta halfway house.

WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE: 2 to 4 p.m. (special teams begins at 1:30 p.m.).

RAVENS FAN LINE: For updated practice information, call 410-261-RAVE (7283).

WEATHER FORECAST: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s.

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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