Baltimore Ravens' midweek notes

Matt Stover is preparing for two major changes that affect his kicking duties. The veteran will likely handle kickoffs against the Colts. Plus, he's adjusting to the promotion of rookie long snapper Matt Katula after Joe Maese's unexpected release.

"I think they are committed to having a kickoff position," Stover said. "I prepare each summer in case they need me to do it. I've worked with nine different snappers in my career and Matt is a great snapper and a good athlete.

"With Dave Zastudil holding, it's like clockwork. I'm expecting to stay on top of my game and hopefully be the same Stover I've been for a long time."

The Ravens signed rookie kicker Robbie Gould (Penn State) to the practice squad, terminating running back Alex Haynes' contract to make room for Gould. Bringing back Wade Richey, who handled kickoffs for the past two seasons, is another possibility.

An undrafted rookie from Wisconsin, Katula remains somewhat surprised he beat out Maese who had been with the team since 2001.

"I didn't know I would make the team, so, yes, I'm very excited," Katula said. "I'm kind of surprised, but you never know what will happen in the NFL."

J. LEWIS UPDATE: Billick reiterated again that running back Jamal Lewis and the organization are on the same page in contract negotiations.

Entering the final year of a six-year, $35.5 million contract, Lewis complained last week about not being offered a contract extension and said he would be unhappy if he's designated as the team's franchise player after the season.

"Jamal's fine," Billick said. "He wants to get it done. We want to get it done. The agent wants to get it done. It's not an issue.

"We've talked with Jamal. Jamal is fine. I'm fine. You should be fine."

Actually, Lewis wasn't able to discuss the situation. He had a root canal and mumbled in pain that he'll try to conduct interviews today.

TRAINING ROOM: Wide receiver Devard Darling (right quadriceps) and offensive tackle Adam Terry (left ankle) were listed as questionable on the initial injury report and didn't practice.

"Adam Terry was the only question mark and he seems to be improving well," Billick said.

HELMETS: Flanked by four high school football players brandishing new Riddell helmets, Ray Lewis and owner Steve Bisciotti announced a joint purchase of new helmets for all 18 Baltimore public high school programs. The Ravens bought new uniforms for the high schools earlier this year.

"It's not just beauty, it's safety," Bisciotti said. "We realized we had them dressed up, but they weren't wearing their seatbelts."

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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