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Ravens camp highlights: Practice gets a little heated

CAMP BATTLE?:

The first official fight of training camp took place Wednesday -- the last camp practice that will be held at the

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Under Armour

Performance Center this summer -- and it was a good one. Defensive end

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Arthur Jones
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and center

Gino Gradkowski

wrestled each other to the ground during one play. Jones wound up on top and both started swinging. Then offensive tackle

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Jah Reid
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was swarmed by a group of defenders, including safety

Bernard Pollard

, and dozens of players jumped in to either get a few shots in or attempt to play peacemaker. Once the players separated themselves, it was back to business and the practice ended without another incident.

OHER AND CODY COME THROUGH:

Head coach

John Harbaugh

ended the heated practice on a fun note, challenging offensive tackle

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Michael Oher
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and nose tackle

Terrence Cody

to catch high-arching punts from

Sam Koch

. If they caught one, their respective afternoon meetings would be canceled. Oher coolly dismissed the offense by fielding his punt with ease. But Cody made it interesting, pulling the ball into his body with one hand to give the defense an early night off, too. The players cheered and jumped up and down afterward.

BILLICK IN THE HOUSE:

Former

Ravens

head coach

Brian Billick

, who steered the franchise to its only

Super Bowl

title, attended practice in advance of Friday night's preseason game against the

Detroit Lions

, which will be telecast on FOX. Early in practice, Billick chatted for a few minutes with G.M.

Ozzie Newsome

and assistant G.M.

Eric DeCosta

. He towered over DeCosta and put his arm around his shoulder as the three talked.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:

Wide receiver

Anquan Boldin

was a popular target in practice. He made a pair of strong-handed catches with a cornerback draped on his back, including one in which he outwrestled

Cary Williams

for a pass. He caught a touchdown pass from

Joe Flacco

during a 7-on-7 drill inside the red zone. And he made a few catches underneath the coverage.

NEWCOMER WATCH:

Rookie offensive tackle

Kelechi Osemele

, who was back at right tackle with the first-team offense, held his ground all afternoon in pass protection. Whether he was up against linebackers like

Sergio Kindle

or

Paul Kruger

or a defensive end like rookie Terrence Moore, Osemele used his strength and wide wingspan to keep pass rushers outside of the pocket.

INJURIES:

Safety

Ed Reed

, guard

Bobbie Williams

and wide receiver

Jacoby Jones

returned to practice. Wide receiver

Torrey Smith

(ankle) did not and is questionable for Friday night’s game. Others not participating included wide receivers Devin Goda (undisclosed) and

David Reed

(knee); tight ends

Dennis Pitta

(hand) and

Ed Dickson

(shoulder); linebackers

Josh Bynes

(back),

Darryl Blackstock

(groin) and

Terrell Suggs

(knee); and defensive tackle

Ryan McBean

(ankle).

OVERHEARD:

“Coleman, I was hoping you would get in the middle of that.” -- running back

Ray Rice

to 105.7 The Fan radio personality Jerry Coleman after the practice scuffle settled down.

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