The Ravens endured another brief scare this morning when left offensive tackle Chad Slaughter went down with what appeared to be a right knee injury during full-team drills.
After staying on the turf for several minutes, Slaughter gingerly got back on his feet and limped off the field. He began to put more weight on his right leg and returned to drills a few minutes later.
Had Slaughter gone down for an extended time, the first offensive line likely would have featured Mike Kracalik at left tackle and Oniel Cousins at right tackle. The backups would have been rookies Isaiah Wiggins and David Hale at left and right tackles, respectively.
Speaking of Cousins, the rookie ran at right tackle with the first offense. Cousins said it's unclear whether he will remain at that position when the Ravens take on the Minnesota Vikings in the team's preseason home opener on Saturday night. But that's his approach for now. "Coach has this mentality that everybody on the offensive line is a starter," Cousins said. "So that's how you've got to prepare yourself and be ready to go."
* The defense overwhelmed the quarterbacks and offensive line seemingly at the whim of defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. Troy Smith was sacked four times, rookie Joe Flacco twice and Kyle Boller once -- and those are conservative numbers. When the quarterbacks did have time to throw, they either overthrew the receivers or had the passes knocked down by the secondary.
At one point, the offense under Smith was ordered by coach John Harbaugh to run a third-and-long situation three times to get Matt Stover and Piotr Czech a chance to kick field goals. To help facilitate matters, cornerback Corey Ivy yelled out, "Defense! Everybody lay down!"
* During one-on-one blocking drills, the blitzing linebackers and defensive backs pushed around the running backs and tight ends. The only offensive player who fared well was fullback Justin Green, who got the best of linebacker Bart Scott two times.
* In a slight surprise, punter Sam Koch opened the field-goal drill by converting attempts of 20 and 35 yards. Koch returned to his usual holder's position for Stover and Czech. Stover went 2-of-3, but Czech missed all four of his attempts.