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Non-injured veterans are not required to report to training camp until tonight, but several have already checked in.

And a couple others went the distance, making an appearance at this afternoon's practice. Safeties Ed Reed and Haruki Nakamura chatted with coach John Harbaugh, defensive tackle Justin Bannan exchanged laughs with tackles Kelly Gregg and Dwan Edwards, and wide receiver Marcus Smith also showed up.

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Other observations:

*Wide receivers Demetrius Williams and Justin Harper hauled in long passes, and wide receiver Mark Clayton made a dazzling catch with his fingertips, evaded cornerback Fabian Washington, and turned upfield for what would have been significant yardage.

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*Not to be outdone, Washington, rookie Lardarius Webb and Derrick Martin -- who has been playing safety these past two days -- nearly came away with interceptions.

*Gregg was on the receiving end of a 30-yard field-goal attempt by rookie kicker Graham Gano that was booted chest-high into the meat of the defensive line where Gregg batted the ball down with his hands. Not sure why that happened from the angle where I was standing, but Gregg seemed to point the finger at holder Chris Carr. "Get out of here, Carr," Gregg growled good-naturedly. The rest of the field-goal drill -- with quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Troy Smith getting a shot at holding -- went off without a hitch.

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