Steve Smith Sr. agitates, minor altercations break out between Ravens, Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — Setting the scene: The second of three joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles kicked off at 11:50 a.m. after about a half-hour of stretching for the Ravens, and broke for stretching at around 1:50 p.m. under hot but ultimately dry conditions. Storms loomed above the NovaCare Complex for most of the afternoon.

Steve Smith Sr. shows off: After making headlines for all the wrong reasons Wednesday, Steve Smith Sr. showed he can play a little bit, too. He torched cornerback Nolan Carroll for a long touchdown in 1-on-1s, and his next time through caught a pass against Marc Anthony over the middle, immediately throwing the ball into the air in celebration. Later during 11-on-11 drills, he burned rookie Eric Rowe, who Smith was asked about several times Wednesday, and punctuated the long catch and run by throwing a shoulder into safety Chris Maragos. It appears he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder Thursday.


Tempers flaring: After a calm first day, several minor scuffles broke out across the field but didn't escalate into the full-team brawls that have marred other such joint practices. The first and biggest scuffle of the day came when Ravens undrafted rookie tackle De'Ondre Wesley dropped Eagles rookie linebacker Diaheem Watkins with a series of punches. Watkins had to leave practice for his troubles. Other minor scuffles involved Ravens safety Will Hill and Eagles receiver Josh Huff, who took exception to Hill diving into him while making a play on the ball, and Ravens inside linebacker Albert McClellan, whose shoving match with tight end Eric Tomlinson ended quickly.

Huff, Melvin showdown: There was an entertaining battle between Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin and Huff, who kept it strictly football while giving each other plenty to handle. Melvin had Huff tightly covered in an early red-zone series, but Huff got the better of Melvin on a double move that probably would have been a touchdown had the whistle not blown. Melvin won the rubber match on the final series with a pass breakup on a jump ball in man coverage.


Jimmy Smith slowed: The Ravens are counting on cornerback Jimmy Smith to be a force in their secondary, but he had plenty of issues with the Eagles receivers Thursday. Riley Cooper beat him on an inside move, but just had the pass go off his fingertips, while rookie Mike Johnson scored a long touchdown on a jump ball in the end zone against Smith. His best play of the day came when he slyly tried to pick up a pass interference flag against Kyle Arrington before anyone saw it.

Dueling two-minute drives: No strangers to moving quickly, the Eagles' first- and second-team offenses had no issues moving the ball downfield into the end zone against the Ravens defense. The Ravens' first-team offense stalled quickly, but quarterback Matt Schaub led the second team down the field with the help of three big catches from tight end Nick Boyle.

Injury report: Right tackle Rick Wagner was held out of practice after a leg injury suffered in a pile Wednesday. Veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, defensive end Chris Canty and inside linebacker Daryl Smith all had veteran days off, while cornerback Lardarius Webb missed practice again with a hamstring issue. Coach John Harbaugh said right tackle Jah Reid has missed the past four days with back spasms, while receiver Breshad Perriman (knee), rookie tackle Darryl Baldwin and outside linebacker Steven Means (groin) were also absent.

Overheard: "These practices here with the Eagles, they've been terribly short in comparison. We'll ask each other, 'What period is up next?' and have it be it. But when we're back home practicing, it's like "Oh [darn], we've got an hour and a half left." – Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe on the two-hour practices with the Eagles. The Ravens typically practice for three hours, so it has been an adjustment I'm not sure they mind making.