Late For Work 6/22: Ray Rice BEASTING In Old-School Workout

Suggs to Skip: If I can’t do it, it can’t be done. Reed attends own camp. Ravens and McCoy?

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 8:55 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Rice BEASTING In Old-School Workout

To borrow a word from Terrell Suggs …

Check out running back Ray Rice absolutely BEASTING in this old-school workout.

The compact 5-foot-8, 212-pounder is running bleachers with what looks to be two 15-gallon steel kegs raised above his head and wearing a weighted vest.

Assigned the $7.7 million franchise tag earlier this offseason, Rice has been absent from all the Ravens’ Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamps, hoping his agent and team officials can agree to a long-term deal.

Head Coach John Harbaugh has repeatedly said he isn’t concerned about Rice missing time with the team because he knows his Pro Bowl running back will be ready to suit up when the time comes.

“Ray is working hard,” Harbaugh said during voluntary OTAs. “I’m not worried about Ray.”

This video demonstrates why Harbs can be so confident.

“Training is something that I never worried about,” Rice said in May during Ray Rice Day at Calvert Hall. “It’s something that you got to want. I actually have the burning desire to come back, not only for myself, but to come back ready to play. My training has always been part of my routine.

“Nobody ever had to beat me in the head to get up and work out. Anybody who knows about my workout regimen, I’ve probably been through two before noon.”

Suggs To Skip: If I Can’t Do It, It Can’t Be Done

While Terrell Suggs continues to back off his original November return date from Achilles tendon surgery, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year doesn’t lack confidence in his ability to defy odds and return in 2012.

As a guest on ESPN’s First Take, Suggs told hosts Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith that there is no doubt in his mind that he will play this season.

Bayless, who was uncharacteristically polite and behaved during the segment, reminded Suggs that it’s not easy to return that quickly from an injury as serious as an Achilles tendon tear.

“This is serious business,” Skip said. “This is a tough one to come back from.”

Sizzle adeptly quipped back with one of his typically clever one-liners.

“If I can’t do it, it can’t be done,” he said.

On another note, for what seems like the millionth time, Suggs stuck by his account of how he injured his tendon, saying he tore it during a conditioning test and not during a basketball game as some have reported.

“I’m a lot of things. I’m a father, a bad guy, whatever,” Suggs said.

“One thing I’m not is a liar.”

Ed Reed Attends Own Football Camp

Ed Reed returned to his old high school in New Orleans to host an annual three-day football camp for athletes between the ages of 7 and 17, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Teammates Bernard Pollard and Danny Gorrer also participated in Reed’s camp.

The camp began just days after the Pro Bowl safety skipped the Ravens’ mandatory minicamp without calling his head coach or team officials.

After reading that one of the camp goals was to teach the young men about being responsible, ESPN’s Jamison Hensley wrote about an apparent contrast between Reed’s teachings and actions.

“I guess calling your coach to tell him that you won’t be attending a required minicamp doesn’t fall under the category of ‘being responsible,’” Hensley wrote. “Reed should be disciplined for breaking the rules. But, judging by coach John Harbaugh’s latest comments, Baltimore doesn’t plan to do so.”

The remarks from Harbaugh that Hensley is referring to came from the second day of mandatory camp: “I have tremendous respect for Ed. I have used the word ‘admiration.’ I am not worried about Ed being ready.”

Should Ravens Look Into McCoy?

With trade rumors swirling about Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, the Ravens need to place a call to Cleveland and find out if it is serious about dealing its former starting quarterback, suggests’s Pat Kirwan.

The long-time columnist believes the Ravens, along with the Packers, Chiefs, Saints, Bucs and Rams could use McCoy’s talent behind their starters.

Apparently the Browns are shopping McCoy for “minimal compensation,” so even though the Ravens are currently very pleased with current backup and 2011 sixth-rounder Tyrod Taylor, adding somebody with more experience at a low cost could be an appealing option.

“Of the backup quarterbacks on the Ravens roster, McCoy has shown himself to be better than Curtis Painter, and he’s played a whole lot more than Tyrod Taylor,” wrote’s Ray Frager. “Does being an upgrade for an emergency if something happens to Joe Flacco make McCoy worth a late-round draft choice? …

“[A]s an insurance policy purchased for, say, a seventh-round draft choice? Sure, why not? Like most insurance, you decide what you need, then what you can afford, then buy it and hope you never have to use it.”

There’s also the option of keeping three quarterbacks on the roster with Joe Flacco, Taylor and McCoy, but the Ravens would have to release Painter.

As of now, this is all just speculation and rumors. The Ravens are happy with their QBs corps.

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