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The Baltimore Ravens held their second day of voluntary veterans camp without cornerback Deion Sanders, who went to see his surgeon in New York to review his MRI but is expected to join the team shortly.

But defensive end Terrell Suggs, who was not expected to show because he is scheduled to stand trial June 13 on two counts of aggravated assault, was present and used practice as a way to clear his mind.

"I never had so much fun at practice in my life. Ask everybody, I had a lot of energy. I was just out there running around," Suggs said.

Linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle were all in attendence.

Lewis declined to speak to the media, saying he was taking Sanders' son to lunch. Reed was also unavailable for comment.

Jamal Lewis will not be attending practice anytime soon after his request to attend next week's mandatory minicamp was rejected by the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Monday. Lewis will remain in a halfway house in Atlanta until either Aug. 1 or 2, forcing him to miss the first couple of days of training camp, which begins July 31.

"Him missing the mini-camp, yeah, it's unfortunate but not insurmountable," Billick said. "He looks great, and I don't worry about how he'll work away from here. He is one of those guys that you don't have to have here to work hard. He works hard."

Tight end Todd Heap continues to rehab his injured shoulder and began running for the first time Monday, targeting a return to action at the beginning of training camp.

"It's getting better," Heap said. "About six weeks, I think right after the last passing camp I was here, was when I really turned the corner and its getting a lot better now and its coming along a lot quicker."

After what he considered a poor practice Monday, rookie wide receiver Mark Clayton was the star of the show Tuesday, hauling in two long passes from Kyle Boller while being defended closely by Rolle, a former Pro-Bowler.

"He has those physical skills, the yards after the catch, the ability to go up and make something happen," Billick said. "That's what drew us to Mark."

The Ravens wrap up their voluntary minicamp Thursday, and will conduct mandatory workouts Monday through Thursday of next week.

NOTES: The Ravens announced that longtime head trainer Bill Tessendorf has been named vice president of medical services. Tessendorf is the second-longest tenured trainer in the NFL, having spent the last 33 years with the organization. ... Pat Moriarty, who joined the team in 1994 to oversee all administrative functions of the football operations department, has been named vice president of football administration. ... The Ravens also hired Lionel Vital as their national scout and Andy Weidl as an area scout for the West. Ravens area scouts Chad Alexander (Midwest), Daniel Jeremiah (West) and Jeremiah Washburn (Southwest) were given new assignments

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