Notebook: Terry, Wilcox, McAlister return

OWINGS MILLS -- As the Baltimore Ravens returned to their training complex for their first practice since breaking training camp, offensive tackle Adam Terry practiced for the first time in nearly three weeks. Although limited to individual drills Monday, Terry expressed hope that he could play against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night.

Terry is recovering from a sprained left ankle, the same ankle that required offseason surgery in January.

"It's progressing," Terry said. "Hopefully, I don't have any setbacks and we'll be right on schedule. I'm not all the way back yet, still working on it.

"We're shooting for this weekend. It was good to be out there. I've been through it before, so I know what I've got to come back to."

Terry was relieved early in camp when a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed no structural damage.

Ankle sprains are typically susceptible to re-injury. Compounding the issue is that Terry's ankle is supporting a 6-foot-8, 330-pound frame.

"If you don't have faith in this league, you're in trouble," Terry said. "I'm moving around and we'll see how it goes this weekend. So far, so good."

Meanwhile, cornerbacks Chris McAlister (right knee), Samari Rolle (left leg) and David Pittman (right foot) returned to practice. Both Pittman and Rolle indicated that they plan to play against St. Louis.

"By the end of the week, I should be able to run full-speed," Rolle said.

Tight ends Todd Heap (right calf) and Daniel Wilcox (offseason toe surgery) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (hip) are back at practice.

The outlook for nose guard Kelly Gregg is less defined.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal on whether Gregg, who underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery midway through camp, would play in the remaining preseason games. He expressed confidence the Gregg would be available for the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Kelly, right now, as good as we have it, will be back for the Cincinnati game for sure," Harbaugh said. "I wouldn't make any statement before that."

TOP SECRET: While Harbaugh admitted that he has made up his mind on who's starting at quarterback Saturday, he declined to elaborate on whether it will be Kyle Boller, Troy Smith or Joe Flacco.

When asked why he's keeping it under wraps, Harbaugh replied: "We're not ready to announce it yet."

A follow-up question on whether the decision would be based on merit was shot down, too.

"I wouldn't make any assumptions on it," Harbaugh said.

Neither Boller or Smith has distinguished himself so far. Boller has committed three turnovers with 70 percent accuracy, and Smith has 47 percent accuracy with one interception.

Following a film review, Harbaugh praised the quarterbacks' ability to improvise. Both were under heavy duress with generally shoddy pass protection.

"The interesting thing was they made some plays on their own," Harbaugh said. "Troy and Kyle both moved around and made some plays in the pocket."

Smith was only able to get five throws against the Vikings, completing three for 25 yards, as the Ravens emphasized the running game.

"That's a dilemma that we've had and a conversation that we've had," Harbaugh said. "We threw a lot in the first game, but you've got to work the run game, too. There's a balance there to what we're doing."

INJURY REPORT: Not practicing besides Gregg: defensive tackles Kelly Talavou (dislocated left shoulder) and Lorenzo Williams (undisclosed), cornerback Derrick Martin (right shoulder), running back Willis McGahee (arthroscopic left knee surgery), linebacker Dan Cody (sprained right foot), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (sprained right ankle) and wide receiver Demetrius Williams (left Achilles tendon.

Martin's right arm is currently in a sling.

"We'll get him back," Harbaugh said. "We'll have to see this week how fast it is."

Martin returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings to boost his roster prospects. "Derrick Martin's had a really good camp all the way around," Harbaugh said. "He looks like he's improved tremendously from last year, so he's in the hunt."

Cody has begun running after hurting his foot three weeks ago.

"They told me it would take three or four weeks, and it's been three weeks exactly," Cody said. "I don't know if I'll play in this game or not. I'm kind of hoping to, but it's kind of one day at a time, I guess."

QUICK HITS: There was a lot of praise in the locker room for swimmer Michael Phelps after he set an Olympic record with eight gold medals. "He's just an amazing athlete," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "This year alone, he put himself up with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. To know that he's a Ravens fan is even better. I think it's really cool what he's doing." ... Flacco said he watched several of Phelps' races and was incredulous at what he saw. "I would sink like a rock," he said. ... Rookie running back Ray Rice has a team-high 89 rushing yards on 19 carries, and is tied with tight end Adam Bergen with seven receptions.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.


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