By Matt Vensel
The Baltimore Sun
7:10 PM EDT, July 30, 2012
TEMPERS FLARE: Monday's practice was easily the most heated of training camp, with a lot of chatter from players and coaches as the Ravens put full pads on for a second straight practice. Cornerback Cary Williams got into it with wide receiver Tandon Doss, who did not participate in practice, on the sidelines. But cooler heads eventually prevailed without a physical altercation. Coach John Harbaugh let players have it for subpar performances or lackluster efforts, including one occasion when he scolded his secondary after a long touchdown by Jacoby Jones.
RED-ZONE SPECIAL: Harbaugh admitted the offense got the better of the defense, and though Harbaugh didn't say it specifically, one instance was an early red-zone drill. Inside the 10-yard line, quarterback Joe Flacco squeezed at least four touchdown passes into tight windows, including a pair to wide receiver Anquan Boldin and another to running back Anthony Allen.
THIRTY-SOMETHINGS GET A BREAK: Center Matt Birk, linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed took advantage of the opportunity to sit out Monday. As has been a tradition under Harbaugh, veterans in their 30s are periodically given extra days of rest throughout camp. With those three sitting out, Gino Gradkowski, Dannell Ellerbe and Sean Considine ran with the top units.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: After a Saturday drop resulted in an interception, Jones bounced back Monday with a long touchdown grab. In an 11-on-11 drill, he blew by cornerback Jimmy Smith and beat him down the right sideline to catch a high-arcing pass from Flacco for a touchdown. The crowded camp competition at wide receiver has very been entertaining so far.
NEWCOMER WATCH: Jack Cornell, a rookie free agent from Illinois, has been given premium playing time due to the injuries on the offensive line. He played both tackle spots with the second-team offense and held his ground in the trenches in a short-yardage drill. For one series, Cornell replaced rookie Kelechi Osemele on the top unit and was not overwhelmed.
INJURIES: Tight end Dennis Pitta broke his hand and could be out until the regular season. Wide receiver Devin Goda and linebacker Josh Bynes also left practice early. Nose tackle Terrence Cody appeared to tweak his lower right leg, but was walking around fine after practice. Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw did not practice -- Harbaugh described his injury as a shoulder bruise -- and he was not moving his right arm much on the sidelines. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hamstring); offensive tackles Ramon Harewood (ankle) and Jah Reid (calf); wide receivers Tommy Streeter (undisclosed), David Reed (knee) and Tandon Doss (hamstring); defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee); and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles) did not participate. Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (back) has reported but did not practice Monday.
OVERHEARD: "We would have scored if your fat [butt] didn't get caught." -- fullback Vonta Leach to running back Ray Rice after Rice busted a long run up the middle but was touched down before he reached the end zone. Rice playfully replied, "I don't appreciate that, Vonta."
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