More Ravens Redskins scrimmage notes

LANDOVER -- Baltimore Ravens rookie defensive tackle Haloti Ngata incurred a Stage 1, medial collateral ligament sprain of his left knee during a scrimmage Saturday against the Washington Redskins. It's considered to be a relatively minor knee injury that's expected to sideline the 6-foot-4, 340-pound lineman for at least a few days of practice.

"According to the doctors, I think he could have gone back in," Ravens coach Brian Billick said of the first-round draft pick.

Ngata sounded fairly confident that he will be out for a minimal period of time. The usual treatment for an injury of this nature is rest, ice and range of motion work, according to medical journals and Web sites.

"It's not that serious," Ngata said. "You're never going to always be healthy. I'll probably be out for a few days. We'll see how it feels Sunday."

Until he injured his knee during full-team drills, Ngata was shoving around the Redskins' blockers. Working with the starters, the former Oregon consensus All-American bulled his way into the backfield to create an easy sack for blitzing linebacker Mike Smith.

"I thought I was doing pretty well until I got hurt," Ngata said. "I was getting a good push up the field and getting into the backfield. It was fun to play against another team."

LOCAL GUY MAKES GOOD: Former Maryland tight end Rob Abiamiri, who attended Mt. St. Joseph High in Baltimore, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Boller.

"Since the Ravens came here, I've always watched them and to be able to play for them is really a blessing for me because I went to school around here," Abiamiri said.

Abiamiri doesn't have outstanding size for the tight end position 6-foot-2, 240 pounds and is trying to forge a spot on the roster with his athleticism. He looked spry catching an alley-oop pass from Boller.

"I'm not the prototypical tight end," Abiamiri said. "I'm a little more athletic."

TRAINING ROOM: Running back Jamal Lewis was limited to 7-on-7 work as a precautionary measure, but didn't show any signs of being hampered much, if at all, by a strained left hip flexor that sidelined him for the first few days of training camp.

Wide receivers Mark Clayton (hamstring), Demetrius Williams (hamstring) and Clarence Moore (hernia) didn't play along with linebacker Dan Cody (ankle), tight end Bobby Blizzard (back) and cornerback David Pittman (hamstring).

PUNTING COMPETITION: Although rookie punter Sam Koch has demonstrated a much stronger leg than veteran Leo Araguz, the Ravens don't seem to be inclined to hand the job over to the former Nebraska standout just yet.

"Until those bullets are flying, that's where Sam is going to have to show that he is able to hold up," Billick said. "Leo has done that before. Sam hasn't."

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Redskins linebacker Marcus Washington's comment on his 39-yard interception return for a touchdown of Ravens quarterback Steve McNair: "We ran a little blitz and we got some good pressure on McNair. I was just dropped in my zone and I don't think he saw me so he threw it right in there. It was kind of a gimme almost."

ON THE FIELD: Rookie free safety Dawan Landry worked with the first defense during passing drills, but was burned for a touchdown by tight end Chris Cooley. He was also picked on by Santana Moss in the open field. … Billick denied that he was upset by the crowd-pleasing tackle of running back Mike Anderson by intimidating Redskins safety Sean Taylor. "No, I don't get upset," Billick said. … Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas had the best hit for the Ravens, sticking Redskins fullback Mike Sellers. … Safety B.J. Ward forced a fumble. … The Ravens opted to rest linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed during full-team drills. … Return specialist B.J. Sams also worked at defensive back. ... Third quarterback Brian St. Pierre was 4 of 7 and threw a touchdown to Romby Bryant. Rookie Drew Olson was 0-for-1.

QUICK HITS: Offensive coordinator Jim Fassel was excused from the scrimmage to attend the wedding of his daughter, Jana. … The highly partisan crowd was in midseason form for volume, chanting, "Cowboys suck!" and "Ravens suck!" "I was impressed with that wave," Billick said. "For half of a stadium, it was good. It made us work through it."



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

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