Ravens' Thursday morning update

WESTMINSTER -- Outside linebacker Dan Cody sprained his ankle during the Baltimore Ravens' training camp practice Thursday morning, but indicated afterward that the injury isn't that serious. "It's not that bad," Cody said. "I expect to practice Friday and be able to play in the scrimmage Saturday against the Redskins."

Meanwhile, cornerbacks Samari Rolle (knee) and David Pittman (hamstring) returned to practice.

However, wide receivers Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams remained out with hamstring injuries along with wide receiver Clarence Moore, who's on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing two hernia surgeries in the offseason.

Plus, wide receiver Rufus Skillern and safety Steve Paris were out with leg injuries and tight end Bobby Blizzard hasn't practiced in several days since straining a back muscle.

Quarterback Steve McNair uncorked two long spirals for touchdowns to tight end Todd Heap, who also posted up safety Gerome Sapp a la Shaquille O'Neal for another score during red-zone drills.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata manhandled the offensive line and demonstrated excellent agility to tackle Musa Smith on a sweep. Linebacker Ray Lewis left his feet to emphatically tackle Smith on another play.

Running back Mike Anderson busted into the end zone untouched during a goal-line drill, cutting off left guard Edwin Mulitalo's block.

The entire offensive line was consistently bullied during one-on-one pass rush drills.

Perhaps no one had a rougher time than second-year offensive tackle Adam Terry, who's starting on the left side while Jonathan Ogden is absent due to his father's recent death. The 6-foot-8, 330-pound Terry was bullrushed so badly by 6-foot-2, 250-pound outside linebacker Gary Stills that Terry did a backwards somersault after being steamrolled.

Running back P. J. Daniels demonstrated his confusion when he didn't run where the blocking was intended and missed the hole entirely. "We'd better know where the [expletive] hole is!" Ravens coach Brian Billick screamed.

Cornerback Chris McAlister was given the morning off, but isn't hurt, according to Billick.

Billick, who was ordered to avoid confrontations with the media by owner Steve Bisciotti when he was allowed to return after last year's 6-10 campaign, resembled his old self after practice.

Billick took umbrage with a published report that stated that offensive coordinator Jim Fassel didn't call all the plays last season with Billick taking over inside the red zone.

"Jim Fassel made it very clear twice that he called every play last year, virtually every play," Billick said. "He made it clear and repeated himself twice, saying he called virtually every play last year and you can't be any more direct and honest than that.

"I don't want to get in a confrontation and the new me isn't going to do it, but man if you ask a direct question and we give you a direct answer are you not incumbent to put it out there? Now, you can call me a bold-faced liar if you want: 'He said this and I think he's lying. That's fine."

When asked how the new Brian Billick is doing, the coach quipped: "Um, the old Brian just showed up a little bit, but that wasn't my fault."

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

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