Ravens Practice Report: Linebackers Daryl Smith, Albert McClellan Out

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Joe Platania


OWINGS MILLS -- If it weren't enough that the Ravens' cornerback contingent has been hampered by injuries, now the inside linebacker corps is running short.

After a day off, the team returned to practice at the Under Armour Performance Center July 30 with linebackers Albert McClellan and Daryl Smith not spotted on the field.

Smith was one of several veterans given off July 27, but he did return for the public practice the following evening at M&T Bank Stadium.

McClellan is usually one of the first on the field, given that special teams players usually go through a battery of drills before the entire team reports to the field.

With those two out, rookie first-round pick C.J. Mosley and 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown are sure to get the most first-team repetitions in team drills, along with third-year veteran Josh Bynes.

C.J. Mosley

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For a fourth straight day, cornerback Lardarius Webb (back spasms) is not practicing. He has fallen victim to a condition that head coach John Harbaugh admitted has lingered longer than expected.

Returning to practice are offensive lineman Parker Graham (groin) and defensive end Chris Canty, who has been dealing with an undisclosed family issue.

Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars guard Will Rackley (head) is missing for a third straight practice.

Also, backup nose tackle Terrence Cody (hip) remains on the Physically Unable To Perform list.

The team's newest arrival, cornerback Marrio Norman, is on the field for his first practice as a Raven. Norman, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound rookie, has been assigned jersey No. 18. 

A Coastal Carolina product, Norman drew the Ravens' interest while the team was scouting Chanticleers teammate and eventual fourth-round draft pick Lorenzo Taliaferro.

Norman was one of many unsigned players who tried out with the team during the spring practice season.

The fully-padded practice began under partly cloudy skies and near-perfect conditions. The long-range forecast is for the continued unseasonably cool weather to last through the remainder of the week.

It is the first of another six-day stretch of practices, culminating in the team's stadium practice at the United States Naval Academy Aug. 4.


NAVY NOTES: The Ravens have released a few details about the team's third annual practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis Aug. 4.

As was the case with the recent M&T Bank Stadium session in Baltimore, gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the practice will begin at 7 p.m.

Parking lots around the stadium will be opened at 4 p.m. for cold tailgating only. Parking costs are $10 for cars and $25 for buses.

Parking passes can be purchased at navysports.com, but if the lots become full, there are other sites that will feature shuttle service to and from the stadium.

There will also be interactive fan events, such as a meet-and-greet with Poe the mascot and several of the cheerleaders and a pre-practice youth football clinic.

Also scheduled will be a post-practice autograph session with many of the Ravens players.

The third and final stadium-setting practice of training camp will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at M&T Bank Stadium.

It will mark the first of four days of joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers, and it will be held the day after the two teams meet in the preseason opener.

Joe Platania is in his 21st season covering professional football.


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