SACKS GALORE The defense's ability to apply pressure got off to a modest start when defensive end Pernell McPhee tagged quarterback Joe Flacco. But the pass rush really ramped up during a two-minute exercise during which backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor was whistled down five times in six plays. The other play resulted in a Hail Mary from Taylor to rookie wide receiver Tommy Streeter getting deflected by strong safety Sean Considine and intercepted by inside linebacker Jameel McClain.
RUNNING BACKS BEWARE It was a tough day to be a running back. During an inside-run drill, rookie Bernard Pierce was almost clotheslined by nose tackle Terrence Cody. Later during a third-down situational drill, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata decked running back Ray Rice for a three-yard loss.
DOUBLE DUTY FOR LEACH Vonta Leach is a ferocious blocker for Rice, but he also moonlighted briefly as an official. Members of the offense objected strenuously to Considine getting away with pass interference on tight end Matt Balasavage. Taking matters into his own hands, Leach reached into an official's pocket and threw the yellow flag.
STANDOUT PERFORMER LaQuan Williams' bid to be the team's No. 3 receiver got stronger with his performance Sunday. During a one-on-one drill, he leaped high to grab a pass from Flacco and in front of cornerback Jimmy Smith in the back right corner of the end zone. During a red-zone exercise, Williams registered two of the offense's four touchdowns. And he capped a two-minute drill with a touchdown grab in front of free safety Ed Reed.
NEWCOMER WATCH At 6 feet 5, Streeter is an end-zone option, but the rookie wide receiver demonstrated that he can contribute outside of the red zone. Streeter caught two passes that would have been long enough to gain first downs, and then on third down-and-1 from the defense's 35-yard line, he left behind cornerback Corey Graham on a crossing route and turned a mid-range pass from Taylor into a jaunt to the end zone.
INJURIES Wide receivers Torrey Smith (sprained ankle), Logan Payne (bruised hip) and Patrick Williams (left shin/calf) returned to practice. Smith and Payne had sat out Saturday's session, while Williams snapped a streak of seven consecutive absences. Tight end Dennis Pitta (broken right hand) and inside linebacker Josh Bynes (cracked vertebrae) did not participate for the ninth straight day. Inside linebacker Darryl Blackstock (groin) missed his fourth consecutive practice. Cornerbacks Chykie Brown (hamstring) and rookie Asa Jackson (hamstring), tight end Ed Dickson (sprained right shoulder), defensive tackle Ryan McBean (broken left ankle) and wide receiver Tandon Doss (hamstring) did not practice for the second straight day. Players who are on the physically-unable-to-perform list include offensive tackle Jah Reid (strained right calf) and wide receiver/return specialist David Reed (knee surgery). Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (torn right Achilles tendon) is on the non-football injury list.
OVERHEARD "Looks like he made a couple plays. I told him that for the last couple days, he forgot to bring his hands to practice. Today, he remembered his hands and had a nice day." — Coach John Harbaugh on LaQuan Williams.