Ravens' camp notes: J.Lewis sidelined

WESTMINSTER -- In an unanticipated development at the start of training camp, Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was placed on the active physically unable to perform list because of a hip injury. Lewis, who said he tweaked his left hip flexor nearly two weeks ago, was held out of the opening practice at McDaniel College as a precautionary measure.

Lewis said he could have participated, but expects to practice by Monday. Under NFL guidelines, the former NFL Offensive Player of the Year can be activated from the list at any time.

Lewis worked on the sidelines with trainers and didn't appear to be in major discomfort during agility drills. Team officials thought he might be able to practice as soon as today.

"It's strictly precautionary, trainer's call," said Ravens coach Brian Billick, who also noted minor issues with Lewis' ankle and heel after his surgery from a year ago. "The idea is to get a firm idea of where he is physically before we put him in that situation."

Veteran backup running back Mike Anderson took the majority of the repetitions with the first offense in Lewis' place. Lewis is starting ahead of Anderson, a former Denver Broncos starter acquired during the offseason.

R. LEWIS RETURNS: Middle linebacker Ray Lewis practiced for the first time since last October when he injured his hamstring badly enough against the Chicago Bears that it required season-ending surgery.

The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year appeared fit, fluid and flashed his usual aggression and speed.

"My leg felt real good," Lewis said. "We're going to definitely be safe because it fatigues here and there. I didn't feel it tweak at all.

"I can burst. I can run full-speed. I only play it one way: I play it with reckless abandon."

BILLICK DISPLEASED: Practice was somewhat ragged, and Billick expressed his displeasure afterward.

During an abnormally short press conference for the usually loquacious coach that lasted just 2 1/2 minutes, Billick said the team's effort would have been fine for a minicamp session.

"As a training camp day, it sucked," Billick said. "But that's to be expected. What we're trying to get out of these four practices is something very specific to get ourselves cranked up for Monday."

MOORE SIDELINED: Wide receiver Clarence Moore was also placed on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing two offseason hernia surgeries, and it's unclear when he'll return.

Moore has had five surgeries to repair a sports hernia incurred in college. The latest procedures became necessary when mesh wire intended to stabilize his abdomen got loose last season.

TICKETS GO FAST: The Ravens sold out the majority of their single-game tickets Friday morning with their Nov. 26 game against the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers selling out in six minutes. Three-hundred are available for the final three games.

There are 600 to 700 remaining tickets available for the Ravens' two home preseason games against the New York Giants (Aug. 11) and the Philadelphia Eagles (Aug. 17).

Team executives expect to sell out the remainder of the tickets by Monday.

OGDEN UPDATE: It's possible the Ravens might be required to temporarily designate offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden on some sort of reserve/did not report list while he grieves his father's recent death. The funeral is scheduled for Friday.

Center Mike Flynn, who phoned Ogden to express his condolences, said he expects Ogden to return in a few weeks.

DIFFERENT LINEUP: With Ogden absent, Adam Terry worked with the first offense at left tackle. Because defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was involved in a a one-day holdout that ended Friday afternoon when he agreed to a five-year contract, newcomer Justin Bannan worked with the starters. And rookie safety Dawan Landry took most of the work with the first defense ahead of Gerome Sapp.

NATIONAL INK: Ray Lewis and quarterback Steve McNair were photographed for an upcoming cover story in The Sporting News.

Aaron Wilson writes for Ravens Insider and the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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