The Ravens' pass rush will receive a long-anticipated boost this training camp.
Sergio Kindle, who missed all of last season with a severe head injury, will not start training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, a source said.
That means the Ravens' top pick from 2010 has been cleared to suit up for this year's camp. Because he is an exclusive rights free agent — which means he signs his contracts year to year — it is believed NFL rules won't allow him to practice until Aug. 4.
Nevertheless, this is welcomed news after what happened last year at this time. Kindle fractured his skull last July when he fell down two flights of stairs just before the start of training camp.
It is unknown if the Ravens will limit Kindle's participation in practices or contact drills.
Also, starting left guard Ben Grubbs won't start on PUP, the source said. Grubbs had ankle surgery in May.
Wilson goes south
Josh Wilson is leaving the Ravens after one season, but the free-agent cornerback he isn't going too far. Wilson agreed to a three-year deal with the Washington Redskins that will pay him $13.5 million (including $6 million guaranteed).
He became the second Ravens player to go to the Redskins on Wednesday, joining wide receiver Donte' Stallworth.
The Ravens were interested in retaining Wilson, who started the second half of the season for the team last season. Wilson was acquired from Seattle last September for a fifth-round pick.
The team could turn its focus to re-signing Chris Carr, who previously said he wanted a "big role" to return.
Dickson ready to step up
Todd Heap returned to Ravens headquarters Wednesday for a talk with general manager Ozzie Newsome before the tight end gets released Thursday. While Ravens officials have said they would like to bring back Heap, Ed Dickson will move into the starting lineup when training camp begins.
"It means a lot to me that they have that much faith in me," said Dickson, a third-round pick from a year ago. "[But] they didn't sign anything over to me. I've still got competition, and I love competition."
The Ravens reached four-year agreements with their two drafted wide receivers, Maryland's Torrey Smith (second round) and Indiana's Tandon Doss (fourth). There are six unsigned picks remaining, including first-rounder Jimmy Smith. … Prescott Burgess was re-signed to one-year contract worth the veteran minimum. The reserve linebacker led the Ravens in special teams tackles the past two seasons. … The Ravens could show interest in free-agent wide receiver Malcom Floyd, who played three seasons under Cam Cameron in San Diego. … The Ravens will hold their first practice of training camp at 1 p.m. Thursday in Owings Mills. All practices there are closed to the public because the facility wasn't built to accommodate thousands of fans. … The NFL officially announced that the Ravens' first preseason game will take place Thursday, Aug. 11 at Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. … Ravens free-agent offensive tackle Jared Gaither is talking to Oakland. … Free-agent safety Dawan Landry is expected to draw interest from Jacksonville. …
The Ravens signed 18 undrafted rookies: Tim Barnes, C (Missouri); Ryan Bartholomew, C (Syracuse); Damien Berry, RB (Miami); Justin Boren, G (Ohio State); Rod Bradley, WR (Hawaii); Josh Bynes, LB (Auburn); Eugene Clifford, DB (Tennessee State); Bryan Hall, DT (Arkansas State); Talmadge Jackson, DB (Oregon); Anthony Leon, LB (Arkansas); Johdrick Morris, TE (Southern Mississippi); Michael Ricks, DB (Stillman); Walter Sanders, RB (St. Augustine's and Mervo); Patrick Scales, LS (Utah State); Josh Victorian, DB (Louisiana Tech); Chavis Williams, LB (Alabama); LaQuan Williams, WR (Maryland and Poly); Nate Williams, DB (Washington).
Ravens to conduct open practice
With fans unable to attend sessions at their Owings Mills headquarters, the Ravens have announced they will conduct an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 6. Gates will open at 9 a.m., and admission is free to the public.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun