OHER AND CODY COME THROUGH: Head coach John Harbaugh ended the heated practice on a fun note, challenging offensive tackle Michael Oher and nose tackle Terrence Cody to catch high-arching punts from Sam Koch. If they caught one, their respective afternoon meetings would be canceled. Oher coolly dismissed the offense by fielding his punt with ease. But Cody made it interesting, pulling the ball into his body with one hand to give the defense an early night off, too. The players cheered and jumped up and down afterward.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Wide receiver Anquan Boldin was a popular target in practice. He made a pair of strong-handed catches with a cornerback draped on his back, including one in which he outwrestled Cary Williams for a pass. He caught a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco during a 7-on-7 drill inside the red zone. And he made a few catches underneath the coverage.
NEWCOMER WATCH: Rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele, who was back at right tackle with the first-team offense, held his ground all afternoon in pass protection. Whether he was up against linebackers like Sergio Kindle or Paul Kruger or a defensive end like rookie Terrence Moore, Osemele used his strength and wide wingspan to keep pass rushers outside of the pocket.
INJURIES: Safety Ed Reed, guard Bobbie Williams and wide receiver Jacoby Jones returned to practice. Wide receiver Torrey Smith (ankle) did not and is questionable for Friday night’s game. Others not participating included wide receivers Devin Goda (undisclosed) and David Reed (knee); tight ends Dennis Pitta (hand) and Ed Dickson (shoulder); linebackers Josh Bynes (back), Darryl Blackstock (groin) and Terrell Suggs (knee); and defensive tackle Ryan McBean (ankle).
OVERHEARD: “Coleman, I was hoping you would get in the middle of that.” -- running back Ray Rice to 105.7 The Fan radio personality Jerry Coleman after the practice scuffle settled down.