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Ravens Camp Notebook: Beat the Heat, First Major Injury

Ravens deal with hot conditions.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — On a sweltering day where temperatures hovered close to 100 degrees, the Ravens suffered their first significant injury.

Linebacker Vince Biegel, who had a shot at making the final roster, tore his Achilles and is out for the season.

"Vince was fighting to make the team," coach John Harbaugh said. "He would have had a great chance to make it because he’s just a solid, tough, talented guy who does everything exactly right as hard as he can. So, that’s where we’re at.”

Ravens rookie center Tyler Linderbaum got stepped on and left the field. He will likely undergo an MRI, but Harbaugh is confident that Linderbaum will be okay. 

“Yes, he just kind of … Didn’t get stepped on, kind of just … It’s a physical drill there, and [he] came up a little sore," Harbaugh said. "They’ve looked at it, X-rayed it. They’ll do an MRI on it to make sure, but all indications are it’s nothing serious at all.”

John Harbaugh meets with fans.

John Harbaugh meets with fans.

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More Practice Notes

  • The Ravens had a crisp practice despite the heat. The team took a 10-minute break to go inside and cool off while Harbaugh answered questions from fans. It was the first time the Ravens took that type of break in training camp history. 
  • Lamar Jackson was sharp and he threw a  65-yard touchdown pass to James Proche, who got behind Chuck Clark. Proche also had a touchdown catch in the red zone. He had some words for Marlon Humphrey after being pushed out of bounds during a drill.
  • Rooke tight end Isaiah Likely completely dominated the red zone drills. In one instance, he beat safety Geno Stone. On the next play, he outran rookie linebacker Diego Fagot and just kept his feet in bounds. Likely is poised to have a huge season as a rookie. "Isaiah [Likely] looked really good in his red zone drills," Harbaugh said. "He had two back-to-back touchdown catches there against tight man coverage, and he was gassed. He was fighting through the heat, he was really winded and he still came up and made the play. That was impressive.”
  • Linebacker Odafe Oweh would have gotten two sacks during drills. He has expanded his repertoire of pash-rush moves. 
  • Ja’Wuan James has moved from right tackle to left tackle to back up Ronnie Stanley, who is on the PUP list. James hasn't played on the left side since high school and described the transition as “trying to wipe your butt with your other hand.”

Other Injuries

  • Wide receiver Devin Duvernay missed his fourth straight practice after suffering a thigh bruise when he got tangled up with safety Chuck Clakr at the stadium practice Saturday ... Cornerback Brandon Stephens missed his third consecutive practice for undisclosed reasons. The Ravens need Stephens for depth at cornerback.