ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Courtney Upshaw practiced for the third consecutive time since coming back to the football field on Aug. 7. He's been limited as he's still recovering from a sprained shoulder sustained early in camp.
He's optimistic that he'll play this Friday in Baltimore's second preseason game against Detroit, but he'll still have to get approval from the training staff before seeing time as an NFL player for the first time.
"I'm confident but it depends on how my shoulder reacts to these next few days of practice," Upshaw said. "I got to wait on the OK to go out there."
Upshaw, selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, didn't play against Atlanta in the preseason opener this past Thursday even though he practiced on Tuesday. He's been a limited participant since hitting the football field again and has had his shoulder wrapped.
WR Smith says ankle is OK
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who injured his ankle on Thursday, practiced on Sunday and said his injury isn't anything serious.
"I felt all right," Smith said. "Any time I'm walking, I'm not hurt, so you all aren't going to get that out of me. It's a little nick. It's football. You have to deal with it; you have to learn to play with it. I'm fine."
Other injury notes
Cornerback Jimmy Smith said his injured back is feeling better. He practiced for the second consecutive day but didn't participate in 11-on-11 drills.
Smith initially injured his back Aug. 2 when defending a slant route from Jacoby Jones. His back locked up and he went down to a knee.
"It's something that's happened before," Smith said. "I wasn't surprised or anything. It just takes some time to die down."
Returning to practice Sunday were receivers Logan Payne (hip) and Patrick Williams (undisclosed). Missing from practice were TE Ed Dickson (shoulder), TE Dennis Pitta (hand), OL Jah Reid (calf), WR David Reed (ACL), WR Tandon Doss (hamstring), CB Chykie Brown (hamstring), CB Asa Jackson (hamstring), DT Ryan McBean (ankle), LB Josh Bynes (back), LB Darryl Blackstock (groin) and OLB Terrell Suggs (Achilles).
Kemoeatu fighting for starting spot
Who knew Terrence Cody was in danger of losing his starting nose tackle position?
That's exactly the message coach John Harbaugh sent when asked about the recent play by Ma'ake Kemoeatu.
"I'd say Kemo's pushing for a starting job," Harbaugh said. "He's done (well), really since training camp started. He's in great shape and playing extremely well."
Flacco approves of no-huddle approach
Joe Flacco made no bones about it: He's a fan of Baltimore's no-huddle approach that it showed against Atlanta in the preseason opener.
"I love the no-huddle, (but) we've got to get quicker and quicker at it," Flacco said. "I like to go up there and run a play, run a play, run a play. That's what we're going to be and I think we got to make sure we get it as fast as we can."
Other notes Ed Reed on why he played Thursday despite being scratched from the lineup: "A couple of teammates asked me to play and I was like, 'Cool. I'm not doing anything else.' Physically, I could play. I was looking forward to playing anyway."
Bryant McKinnie didn't appear too down about still being primarily with the second team offensive line: "Just for me, I need to get in there and get reps period, whether it's with the first or second team."
Harbaugh on getting more Ravens fans in the DMV area: "I’d like to see all the fans in Washington [D.C.], southern Maryland, northern Virginia, let us be your AFC team, and you can be our NFC team, except I am always going to kind of be with the Eagles myself (he coached there from 1998-2007). But, we can be fans of more than one team. It’s a great sports area, and the Ravens are a big part of that.”
Attendance: The Ravens reported that 20,335 people showed up to watch the team practice at Navy's stadium.