Where: McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.

When: Through Aug. 24.

8:45-11:10 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. (special teams).

Parking and admission are free. For updates on practice times, call 410-261-3267.

New Face: Eric Dumas

Position: Tackle.

College: Maryland.

Height: 6 feet 5.

Weight: 316 pounds.

Claim to Fame: Two-year starter for the Terps signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent in April. Started all 13 games in 2003, protecting QB Scott McBrien's blind side as a right tackle.

If He Doesn't Make It: "I'd like to intern behind the scenes at a radio or TV station, maybe do some producing," said Dumas, who was a communications major.

Chances of Making the Team: Slim. Pro Bowler Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Brown are set as the starters, and Dumas will be hard-pressed to beat out veterans Ethan Brooks and Damion Cook for a reserve spot. Said Dumas, "All I can do is work hard every day and show the coaches that I can produce and help the team out any way possible."


Rookie free agent RB B.J. Sams broke his left thumb Saturday and will be sidelined for four weeks, though Coach Brian Billick said that he could resume some activities next week. LB Ed Hartwell and CB Fred Weary are day-to-day with strained quadriceps. FB Ovie Mughelli did not practice in the afternoon because of shoulder soreness. Ogden returned to practice after sitting out the first two days of camp.

Odds and Ends

Some of the biggest cheers of the morning session were heard when QB Kyle Boller connected with WR Kevin Johnson on a long pass down the left side, just past the outstretched hands of rookie CB Lance Frazier. Johnson was obtained via a draft-day trade with Jacksonville to bolster a passing attack that ranked last in the NFL. "He hasn't dropped a ball since the first day he got here, and that was back in minicamp," said offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh. . . . LB T.J. Slaughter stepped in for Hartwell during team drills and made one eye-opening play, leveling rookie TE Nick Eller. Slaughter played primarily special teams after being signed by the Ravens in December 2003, but has made 29 starts at linebacker in four years in the league.

-- Camille Powell