Ravens practice highlights: Ngata, Kemoeatu shine on defense


Tuesday's practice was marked by a solid showing by the offense. During an exercise in which the starters faced a variety of third-down scenarios, the unit converted four of six attempts, including four of the first five.


It's not often that defensive linemen get a little love, but

Haloti Ngata

and Ma'ake Kemoeatu fared well. Ngata tipped a pass by quarterback

Tyrod Taylor

intended for running back

Anthony Allen

that was intercepted by free safety

Ed Reed

. Kemoeatu pounced on a loose ball created when Taylor and center

Justin Boren

fumbled a snap during a red-zone drill.


Although training camp is officially over, the


still practiced in front of a crowd Tuesday. University of Maryland athletic director

Kevin Anderson

talked with owner

Steve Bisciotti

and coach

John Harbaugh

, and former Ravens defensive tackle and current Poly coach

Larry Webster

brought more than 60 members of the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen squads to the team's training facility in Owings Mills.


Logan Payne

got some opportunities with the first offense, and the wide receiver made the most of them. He caught all three passes quarterback

Joe Flacco

directed his way during full-team exercises, and all three were long enough to gain first downs in the third-down drill previously mentioned.


A pair of rookies had a chance to join Reed and cornerback

Jimmy Smith

on the interceptions list, but couldn't produce. Free safety Omar Brown had a Taylor pass slip through his hands. And cornerback

Asa Jackson

narrowly missed scooping up an overthrown pass by

Curtis Painter



Starting right guard

Marshal Yanda

was absent Tuesday after he appeared to be injured Monday when tight end

Billy Bajema

undercut outside linebacker

Chavis Williams

, who rolled into Yanda's lower leg. Defensive end

Pernell McPhee

(death in family) and offensive tackle

Jah Reid

(strained calf) sat out their third straight practice. Tight end

Dennis Pitta

(broken right hand) and inside linebacker

Josh Bynes

(cracked vertebrae) did not practice for the 15th straight day. Tight end

Ed Dickson

(sprained right shoulder) and defensive tackle

Ryan McBean

(broken left ankle) missed their eighth consecutive day. Inside linebacker

Darryl Blackstock

(groin) was not present after practicing Sunday and Monday. Outside linebacker

Sergio Kindle

(shoulder stinger) and strong safety

Sean Considine

(unspecified) wore red, non-contact jerseys. Considine practiced Monday without one. Wide receiver-return specialist

David Reed

(knee surgery) is still on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Five-time

Pro Bowl

outside linebacker and reigning


Defensive Player of the Year

Terrell Suggs

(torn right Achilles tendon) is on the non-football injury list.


"Nigel, you do the same thing on film! You're letting your man come up inside of you!" -- Assistant special teams coach Chris Hewitt offering a critique of rookie inside linebacker Nigel Carr's blocking during a kick return.