Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason and linebacker Ray Lewis have organized a player's only workout from May 24-26 at Towson University. The team will meet to lift weights then head on over to Unitas Stadium to run through drills and practice together. Of course, no coaches or team personnel will be there and the practice is closed to the public. I have not heard if media will be permitted to be present and if so, Baltimore Beatdown will be there to cover the practice.
Quarterback Joe Flacco has also been in contact with rookie wide receivers Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss, according to a story on BaltimoreRavens.com. It is expected that most rookies will have received copies of the team's playbook from the veterans who are sharing them with their respective position players. At the same time, there is a risk to these practices, as they are not sanctioned by the NFL and therefore the players are not covered by the league's health insurance if there is an unfortunate injury at these "unofficial" practices.
In a story from the National Football Post, certain front office personnel are just waiting for word about an injury that could end a player's season long before it starts. Some people, such as former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, think these practices will not help prepare the players for the season as there is no comparison to the OTA's and mini-camps run by the coaches. I say anything that begins to get the players, especially the rookies, up to speed on the nuances of the Ravens' playbook could only help them once this labor issue gets settled and the season underway.