However, Landry began training camp working with the second defensive huddle
behind veteran Gerome Sapp. That changed Saturday when Landry started in a
scrimmage against the Washington Redskins.
Although defensive coordinator Rex Ryan stressed that the competition is far from over, he indicated that this move might not be temporary. The 6-foot, 220-pound former All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection had perhaps his best practice in Westminster yet, knocking down a few deep passes over the middle to demonstrate good range and agility.
"We'll see if Dawan wants to keep it," Ryan said Monday at McDaniel College. "He's got to play up to those standards. We expect for him to really push for the job.
"He's tough and he's smart and those are two good attributes to have, but he hasn't even played in a preseason game yet. The starter could wind up being anybody, but right now he's running with the first group and we'll see how he does."
TRAINING ROOM: The Ravens' medical situation has been upgraded slightly with the return of several key players.
Wide receivers Mark Clayton (hamstring) and Demetrius Williams (hamstring) returned and practiced without incident, catching several passes apiece during full-team drills.
"I'm staying on top of it," Clayton said. "I'm just being careful and not trying to go ballistic and hurt it again."
Linebacker Dan Cody is back after spraining tendons in his ankle. He missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
"It scared me a little when I hurt my ankle, but I knew it wasn't as bad as last year," Cody said.
Running back Mike Anderson returned after suffering a mild concussion Saturday at FedEx Field. Running back Jamal Lewis participated in all drills, but was limited during full-contact work.Tight end Bobby Blizzard, who had a magnetic resonance imaging exam last week on his back, returned along with receiver Rufus Skillern (calf).
Running back Musa Smith missed the morning workout with a minor illness, but returned for the afternoon session.
"He's got a little something going on that [reporters] are passing around," Ravens coach Brian Billick quipped. "I have to keep him away from you guys."
ON THE SHELF: Offensive guard Brian Rimpf injured his left leg and said he was going to get a MRI exam, stressing that he hadn't hurt his knee.
Wide receiver Clarence Moore (hernia) remains out and on the physically unable to perform list.
Tight end Rob Abiamiri and wide receiver Brian Bratton left practice with leg injuries.
QUICK HITS: Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, whose father's funeral was Friday, has yet to report to training camp. "Not absolutely sure," said Billick, when asked Ogden will return. "He still has some family business to take care of. We'll just adjust as he's ready." … Rookie Sam Koch, who's competing with Leo Araguz for the punting job, held for kicker Matt Stover. … Billick indicated that the starters will play roughly a quarter Friday against the New York Giants at M&T Bank Stadium.
Aaron Wilson writes for Ravens Insider and the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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