J. Lewis a question mark for scrimmage

Staff Writer
Posted Aug 5, 2006


WESTMINSTER -- The Baltimore Ravens will scrimmage the Washington Redskins today, but it remains unclear whether the centerpiece of their running game will be available for duty.

Running back Jamal Lewis was limited again during practice Friday morning days after returning from a strained left hip flexor muscle that forced him to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Lewis hasn’t participated in full-contact drills and the Ravens are likely to take it slow with him today at FedEx Field in Landover, if not hold him out altogether as a precautionary measure.

Lewis received treatment Friday afternoon, remaining at the team hotel.

When asked if Lewis will play against the Redskins, Ravens coach Brian Billick was noncommittal.

“We’ll see how the heat feels Saturday,” he replied.

TRAINING ROOM: Linebacker Dan Cody didn’t practice and is limping around after spraining ligaments in his ankle. He won't play today..

Wide receivers Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams returned to practice from their respective hamstring injuries, but were limited in team drills and appear unlikely to do much today.

Meanwhile, cornerback David Pittman (hamstring), safety Steve Paris (leg), tight end Bobby Blizzard (back) and receivers Clarence Moore (hernia) and Rufus Skillern (calf) didn’t practice and are out.

Blizzard went to get a magnetic resonance imaging exam Friday, and the Ravens auditioned two tight ends and might sign at least one.

RAVENS ATTEND FUNERAL: Several Ravens, including the majority of the offensive line along with Billick, general manager Ozzie Newsome and team president Dick Cass, attended the funeral for offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden’s father.

“Those of us that have a close proximity to J.O. are going to show our respects,” Billick said. “It just shows you that they’ve got personal lives that need to be adjusted for.”

Ogden is expected to return to practice next week, perhaps as soon as Monday.

FASSEL EXCUSED: Offensive coordinator Jim Fassel won’t attend today’s scrimmage because he’s walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. She would have had to postpone the ceremony for a year if Fassel couldn’t adjust his schedule around football.

“I went to Brian and said, ‘In my heart of hearts, I can’t make my daughter wait a year because I’m not going to miss a scrimmage,’” Fassel said. “Brian said, ‘You’re right, go.’”

LANDRY DEBUT: Rookie safety Dawan Landry made his debut with the first-team defense, and secondary coach Mark Carrier indicated what the fifth-round draft pick needs to work on to catch up with starter Gerome Sapp.

“I want to see Dawan be smart and not try to be the big playmaker and do more than what he’s supposed to do and just do what we ask him to do,” said Carrier, a former Pro Bowl safety with the Chicago Bears. “I want to see him do the little things. I’m old-school, though. I want to see him put his face on somebody.

"You don’t have to teach that with him. I just want to see how he responds if he makes a mistake.”

QUICK HITS: Nickel back Corey Ivy intercepted a Kyle Boller pass intended for wide receiver Brian Bratton.

Undrafted rookie Ronnie Prude intercepted Boller on the final play of the morning practice and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. Ivy and Prude are the nickel and dime backs, respectively. “Those guys have been great,” Carrier said. “Their mindset is right where it should be. They’re very tough and very knowledgeable and they’re like sponges.”… Drafted in the third round, Pittman’s progress has been slow. “If you play on the edge, your legs are your machine,” Carrier said. “He’s got to be patient and he can’t get down on himself.” … Safety B.J. Ward, who drew criticism for his cheap shots earlier this week, was flagged by a visiting group of officials for holding wide receiver Tres Moses’ jersey. Ward complained about the flag. Billick’s response: “You can [complain] about the taxes, son, but you still have to pay them.” … The Ravens’ newcomers held a brief walkthrough in the Gill Center gymnasium in the afternoon.

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

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