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Clayton’s hamstring is “ahead of schedule”

Mark Clayton jogged routes but is still “not close to coming back,” head coach John Harbaugh said.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, August 20th, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Categories: 2009 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

Regarding Mark Clayton, his hamstring injury is recovering ahead of schedule.  The Ravens’ No. 2 receiver jogged routes on a side practice field, even though it is still uncertain whether he will play in any of Baltimore’s preseason contests.

“The schedule was a pretty drawn-out deal with the hamstring pull that he had, so he’s not close to coming back,” head coach John Harbaugh said.  “But, he’s ahead of schedule.”

A calf injury sustained by guard Chris Chester was not deemed serious, Harbaugh said.

“He just strained his calf a little bit,” he said. “It kind of grabbed on him a little bit. Nothing major, but nothing we wanted to mess with today.”

Chester was one of many Ravens sidelined Thursday as another Over-30 Day at Ravens training camp gave a lot of players the day off.

Linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed, defensive tackles Trevor Pryce, Kelly Gregg and Justin Bannan, wide receiver Derrick Mason, and center Matt Birk were not on the field. 

Well, Birk was, but he was not wearing pads and just observing with his offensive linemates.

Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and quarterback Cleo Lemon, who both are also 30, did practice.

Tight end Todd Heap did not practice, but it was not clear if that was due to an injury or if he was simply given a day off.

Not playing due to injury were linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs (heel), Clayton (hamstring), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (knee), Chester (calf) and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers (undisclosed).

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