Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


OWINGS MILLS -- With the Baltimore Ravens returning to practice Tuesday morning following a 13-12 loss to the New York Giants, cornerback Samari Rolle (sprained ankle) and wide receiver Mark Clayton (sprained ankle) weren't on the indoor training facility field with their teammates. And they may be absent from practice for a while with Ravens coach Brian Billick declaring afterward that both starters are likely to be out until the season opener Sept. 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rolle had his ankle heavily taped, and Clayton is getting around in a walking boot. Both players guaranteed they would be back by the opener.Clayton's injury appears to be more serious at this point. He said he got his leg rolled up from behind while blocking downfield.Meanwhile, tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained ankle), running back P.J. Daniels (hamstring), offensive tackle Steve Edwards (knee), offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, linebackers Mike Smith (shoulder surgery) and Dan Cody (knee surgery) didn't practice.

Defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison wasn't at the beginning part of practice.Linebacker Antwan Barnes (high ankle sprain) returned to practice and said he will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Washington Redskins. Right guard Chris Chester (sprained foot) practiced without incident and said he'll start against the Redskins. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who bruised his knee Sunday, practiced with his knee and calf wrapped up. Ngata indicated that it wasn't a serious injury, just sore.Rookie free agent wide receiver Matt Willis appeared to injure his right leg and was helped off the field, but returned to drills just a few minutes later.

Defensive lineman Dwan Edwards is down to 290 pounds, 25 to 30 pounds less than last season.

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

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