NO TALK FROM HARBAUGH: It's uncertain how much the defense used coach John Harbaugh's tongue-lashing on Thursday as motivation, but that unit practically suffocated the offense Friday morning. The defense surrendered just one touchdown in 10 snaps of a red-zone drill, and the offense scored just one other time for the remainder of the morning session.
SPRAINED ANKLE? WHAT SPRAINED ANKLE?: Wide receiver Derrick Mason practiced for the first time since slightly spraining his right ankle Tuesday morning, and the ankle was a non-issue. His first play of practice involved out-jumping cornerback Fabian Washington for an alley-oop from quarterback Joe Flacco, and when Washington fell to the turf, Mason waltzed the remaining 20 or so yards to the end zone.
NICE COMEBACK: Rookie linebacker Albert McClellan committed a blunder by lining up in the neutral zone and getting flagged for jumping offsides. But he recovered by batting down a Troy Smith screen pass.
SIGN O' THE TIMES: An obvious Anquan Boldin fan held a sign that read, "I flew 2000 miles to see the Quanimator." Should Gov. Schwarzenegger be worried?
PASSING GAME GROUNDED: The latter half of practice featured a tremendous pass rush. Linebacker Terrell Suggs, defensive end Trevor Pryce, rookie defensive tackle Arthur Jones and Albert McClellan each registered sacks, and linebackers Jameel McClain and Antwan Barnes split a sack.
GRAHAM STRUGGLING: Shayne Graham endured his second straight poor outing. After going 4-of-7 on Wednesday, Graham connected on 3-of-5 attempts kicking into a mild wind. He converted from 35, 43 and 44 yards, but came up short on a 48- and 51-yarder. You can't count the 64-yarder with the wind at Graham's back that had plenty of leg, but strayed wide right.
INJURIES: Center Matt Birk (minor elbow surgery) was activated off the team's physically-unable-to-perform list and practiced for the first time in camp. Mason (sprained right ankle) also returned for the first time since Tuesday. Offensive tackles Jared Gaither (back and shoulder spasms), Tony Moll (concussion) and Stefan Rodgers (leg), running back Willis McGahee (swelling in left knee), center David Hale (unspecified) and cornerback K.J. Gerard (hamstring) did not participate. Players who remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list are free safety Ed Reed (hip), cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee), linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (quad) and running back Matt Lawrence (knee).
OVERHEARD: "Cody, run!" – Defensive end Trevor Pryce to rookie nose tackle Terrence Cody, who appeared to be running at half-speed to his position on the field. Several teammates responded to Pryce, "He is running."
NEXT DAY'S SCHEDULE: Saturday's practice at M&T Bank Stadium starts at noon and could run between 2 and 2½ hours. Parking lots open at 9 a.m.
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