Baltimore Sun

Apparent injury ends Hamilton’s practice

1st-rounder slow to get up after he dove to defend pass

- By Jonas Shaffer and Childs Walker

Ravens rookie safety Kyle Hamilton left Wednesday’s training camp practice with an apparent injury, an early end to a disappoint­ing day for the first-round draft pick.

Hamilton was slow to get to his feet after diving to the ground as he defended a pass to tight end Isaiah Likely in an 11-on-11 period. After walking gingerly over to the sideline, Hamilton lay on his back as athletic trainers tended to him.

Hamilton appeared to be favoring his midsection as he got up, walked around and then returned to a supine position. He returned to action a couple of minutes later, getting one repetition in a seven-on-seven drill, but did not look comfortabl­e. With about 20 minutes remaining in practice, Hamilton left the field and walked back to the team facility slowly with three trainers.

Ravens defensive coordinato­r Mike Macdonald declined to comment on Hamilton, deferring to coach John Harbaugh, who’s set to speak again to reporters Thursday.

Hamilton’s opening hour of practice

was inauspicio­us. In a one-on-one period, rookie tight end Isaiah Likely caught all three passes in his matchups with Hamilton, two for relatively short gains and one for a longer completion. After the second matchup, Ravens scouting and coaching assistant Anthony Levine Sr., a former defensive back, counseled Hamilton as he returned to the drill. Hamilton looked disappoint­ed

but seemed in good spirits, bumping fists with Likely as the drill ended.

“That’s one of those drills where the defense is wearing the ankle weights,” Harbaugh said Monday of one-on-one drills, where Hamilton’s poor coverage in one rep against wide receiver Bailey Gaither had led to a viral play. “There’s no pass rush, there’s no one in the quarterbac­k’s face. They have a little bit more time to throw, they’re not under pressure, which they would be. That’s a zero-man type of scenario. So it’s toughest on the [defensive backs]. If the DB gets a win there, it’s a really good win.”

Lamar Jackson’s personal quarterbac­k coach, Adam Dedeaux, has worked with his star client at Ravens training camp this week, an addition offensive coordinato­r Greg Roman said he welcomes.

“We’re very familiar and very comfortabl­e with Adam Dedeaux,” Roman said. “We’ve spent a lot of time talking to him, pretty much explaining to him what we want to get done, him giving us feedback on what he likes to do. After talking to him initially, it was like, ‘Man, this guy is really sharp. He’s really good.’ … I think anything we can to help our cause, right? And I think Adam is a real strength for us.”

It’s unusual for an outside coach to participat­e directly in the team’s practices but not awkward, Roman said, given Dedeaux’s expertise and rapport with Jackson. They began working together before last season.

Dedeaux guided Jackson through offseason sessions in California and Florida, with Jackson saying he “sharpened me up a lot with just refreshing my lower body, keeping my hand poised when I’m releasing the ball, and that’s just what it was, because I get loose sometimes throwing the ball, and that’s when I have the [wobbly] ball and stuff like that.”

Dedeaux, who partners with longtime throwing guru Tom House, counsels several other NFL quarterbac­ks, including Carson Wentz of the Washington Commanders, Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys and Matt Ryan of the Indianapol­is Colts.

Roman enjoys talking with him more generally about the position and the league. “I love talking football with him,” he said. “After the meetings tonight, we’ll sit down and talk quarterbac­k play — technique and fundamenta­ls and various quarterbac­ks in the league. He’s a real joy to have around.”

Injury report

Wide receiver Devin Duvernay (thigh) missed his third straight practice, while defensive back Brandon Stephens missed his second.

Defensive lineman Calais Campbell and long snapper Nick Moore were also out, leading to light days for kicker Justin Tucker and punter Jordan Stout. Special teams coordinato­r Chris Horton said after practice that Moore was expected to return Thursday.

Offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler, Morgan

Moses and Patrick Mekari, tight end Nick Boyle and inside linebacker Patrick Queen, meanwhile, were back at practice after missing Tuesday’s.

The longest, hottest day of camp also had several players seemingly cramping up near the end of the 2-hour, 15-minute practice, including wide receiver Jaylon Moore, running back Nate McCrary, cornerback­s David Vereen and Robert Jackson and safety Geno Stone. Temperatur­es were in the low 90s throughout the afternoon.

Ex-Raven Brown arrested

Arizona Cardinals receiver Marquise Brown was arrested and charged with criminal speeding on Wednesday morning.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves confirmed that Brown was arrested at 7:05 a.m. in Phoenix and booked in the Maricopa County Jail.

No other details were immediatel­y available.

“We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “We will comment further as appropriat­e.”

Brown was acquired in a draft-day deal with the Ravens and is expected to play a big role in Arizona’s offense, especially during the first six weeks when three-time All-Pro

DeAndre Hopkins is out because of a suspension for violating the league’s policy on performanc­e-enhancers.

In Arizona, criminal speeding is defined as anything 20 mph over the posted speed limit. It is a misdemeano­r.

Brown, a first-round pick in 2019, caught 91 passes for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns for the Ravens last season. The receiver hasn’t practiced much during training camp because of a hamstring injury he suffered while working out on his own in July.

Brown was not seen at Wednesday’s practice. It was unclear if coach Kliff Kingsbury knew about Brown’s arrest during his media availabili­ty earlier Wednesday morning, which was shortly before the receiver’s arrest became public.

He did address Brown’s health, saying he hoped the 25-year-old would be ready to practice without limitation­s sometime in the next week.

“We’ll see,” Kingsbury said. “We had hoped maybe this weekend, but we’re going to be smart. When he’s back, I want him full speed and confident. Playing in a new system, you don’t want him thinking too much about anything physically. He’s going to have enough thinking going on, so I would guess maybe this weekend.”

 ?? GAIL BURTON/AP ?? Ravens rookie safety Kyle Hamilton left Wednesday’s training camp practice with an apparent injury, an early end to a disappoint­ing day.
GAIL BURTON/AP Ravens rookie safety Kyle Hamilton left Wednesday’s training camp practice with an apparent injury, an early end to a disappoint­ing day.
 ?? KENNETH K. LAM/BALTIMORE SUN ?? Lamar Jackson’s personal quarterbac­k coach, Adam Dedeaux, has worked with his star client at Ravens training camp this week, an addition offensive coordinato­r Greg Roman, above, said he welcomes.
KENNETH K. LAM/BALTIMORE SUN Lamar Jackson’s personal quarterbac­k coach, Adam Dedeaux, has worked with his star client at Ravens training camp this week, an addition offensive coordinato­r Greg Roman, above, said he welcomes.

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