Mike Preston's observations from Ravens training camp

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks about the mounting injuries at training camp. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

Wide receiver Mike Wallace, who has become one of the team's leaders in training camp, really doesn't care who backs up starting quarterback Joe Flacco.

He'll support Colin Kaepernick or anyone else the Ravens sign. If the team stays with Ryan Mallett that will be fine, too.


"The important thing is to get Joe ready for the season," Wallace said. "I don't know when he is coming back, hopefully tomorrow. I don't really ask, don't care. I just want him ready for the first game and the 16 regular season games. He has been in the league 10 years and he knows what he needs to do to get ready.

"Would I want Colin Kaepernick? Of course, I want anybody who will make our team better. People took what he did out of proportion or missed what he was standing for. I think the guy wants to play football. He made his point and as an American we have the right to choose what we think is right or wrong. It wasn't a matter of right or wrong, but standing for what he believes in.


"If we bring him in I will be right with him. I will welcome him with open arms, be prepared to practice with him and go out to win games. I just want to win games."

>>Rookie guard Nico Siragusa will miss the rest of the season after tearing up his knee in practice Tuesday. He might have been having his best practice of training camp especially as far as pass protection. He appeared to be getting better showing constant progress before the injury.

Because of the high number of injuries in this camp head coach John Harbaugh needs to re-evaluate his off-season training programs, practice schedule and the playing surfaces over at The Castle.

Everything has to be under the microscope at this point.

>>If Flacco is to stay upright, Ravens running backs have to do a better job in pass protection. The worst might be Buck Allen, but halfback Terrance West isn't far behind.

During his tenure, Harbaugh has demanded his running backs be able to pass block or sit the bench.

>>Speaking of pass rush, rookie end/tackle Patrick Ricard had the best of the day when he bull-rushed center Jarrod Pughsley and simply drove him backward and into the ground. Pughsley looked like he was on roller skates before he caved in.

Ricard has had a strong camp and is making it hard for third-year tackle Carl Davis to make the roster. The biggest difference between the two is aggression; Ricard is just meaner.

Another defensive lineman who has been impressive is Willie Henry, the second-year player out of Michigan.

>>Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs isn't the player he used to be, but he still has explosiveness and is quick off the ball. He still has the power and strength to throw offensive linemen away when they try to get into his body.

As far as leadership he has become one of the team's best despite the way he cuts up in practice.

Ray Lewis posted a Twitter video with his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick's activism.

>>It's hard watching the Ravens offense practice without Flacco. All of the quarterbacks stare down receivers which is why there have been so many interceptions in camp. The Ravens have no tempo and there are a lot of sloppy mistakes.


"We look like the Bad News Bears out here on offense," said Ravens safety Eric Weddle late in the practice Tuesday.

He was right.

>>Often-injured receiver Michael Campanaro made it back and through practice. He actually looked good.

I started to fist bump him in congratulations but thought he might get hurt.

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