Highlights from Ravens practice Tuesday

Setting the scene: The Ravens were back in pads Tuesday for a practice that started at 8:45 a.m. and ended promptly at 11 a.m. It wasn't as hot as it was Saturday, when the heat index was over 100 degrees. However, the occasional cloud cover was still well received by the players.

Play of the day: Quarterback Joe Flacco wasn't particularly sharp Tuesday and the passing game often misfired, especially in the red zone. However on one play, Flacco and the first-team offense got a lot of luck and a little bit of help. Flacco threw a deep pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace down the sideline. Cornerback Jimmy Smith was stride for stride with Wallace and the pass hit off Smith's hands before Wallace hauled it in and sprinted into the end zone. Smith was frustrated enough with his failure to intercept the pass that he spiked his helmet when he got to the sideline.


Taking it away: Interceptions remain a focal point for the Ravens' new-look secondary and for a second straight day, safety Matt Elam got into the act. The former first-round draft pick made a nice snag of an errant throw by Ryan Mallett. Later in the practice during a red-zone drill, veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers had an end-zone interception of Flacco.

Look Mom, one hand: Running back Justin Forsett had his best catch of the summer when he got a step on middle linebacker C.J. Mosley and snagged a Flacco pass with one hand before heading up the field.

Not your day, Chuck: Signed last week after several receivers went down, Chuck Jacobs had a difficult practice. He dropped an uncontested deep pass early in practice. Later, he was chastised by associate head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg for the angle he took covering an onside kick. Jacobs then allowed another onside kick to bounce under his hands.

Same for Suggs: Ravens rush linebacker Terrell Suggs did a little more in Tuesday's practice than he did in his return to the field Monday. However, he still spent the majority of the team drills on the sideline. When the Ravens started doing 11-on-11s on the far field, Suggs heard loud applause when he reached the sideline. He thanked the fans and then broke into a dance.

Situational football: It didn't make for an overly noteworthy practice, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh used a good portion of the workout to go through different game-like situations. That included late-half or late-game Hail Marys, onside kicks, punt returns and fourth-and-goal situations. Harbaugh was pleased with what his players got accomplished.

Injury report: The Ravens got back rookie receiver Chris Moore, but they still had 16 players that didn't practice. The only new absence was starting right tackle Rick Wagner, but he could have just been getting a veteran's day off. Starting left guard John Urschel (contusion) also didn't practice and right guard Marshal Yanda headed inside after doing some of the individual stuff.

Marquee visitors: The Ravens had some familiar faces on the sidelines watching practice. Former Ravens Rob Burnett and Matt Stover were in attendance, and Burnett spoke to the team after practice. Longtime NFL kicker David Akers, who counted Harbaugh as one of his special teams coaches in Philadelphia, was there and he'll spend a couple of days working with the Ravens kickers. Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin also watched from the sideline. Coughlin has been visiting various training camps as the NFL's senior advisor to football operations.

Cooler heads prevail: Wide receiver Dobson Collins and rookie cornerback Maurice Canady got into a brief tussle in the end zone that included a couple of head butts. However, the two were separated without further incident.

Overheard: "If you don't play by the rules, you won't be doing this for long," Suggs said to various defensive teammates while pacing the sideline.

—Jeff Zrebiec

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