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August 30, 2013

Ravens cancel Saturday’s practice as Tracy Morgan visits

The Ravens welcomed a surprise visitor on Saturday.

Comedian Tracy Morgan stopped by the team’s facility to entertain the players and staff with his brand of comedy. When Morgan was finished with his routine, the Ravens announced that Saturday’s practice had been canceled.

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Injured trio looked good in return

Despite their first loss in preaseason to the Carolina Panthers, the Ravens had to be delighted with the performances of three injured players who received their first substantial playing time Thursday night.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee) and offensive guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) are starters, and defensive tackle Marcus Spears (thigh) is expected to get plenty of playing time in the line rotation.

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Ravens Open Training Camp Today

Baltimore Ravens training camp is officially open, although it’s not yet in full swing.

Quarterbacks, rookies and injured veterans are scheduled to report to camp at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md., today.

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What’s Fair To Expect Of 2013 Ravens?

Here’s a question to debate as the Ravens open training camp this week, less than six months after winning the Super Bowl: What are appropriate expectations for them in 2013?

Nationally, it seems few analysts are giving them much of a shot to repeat; they’re still considered contenders, but the major sports books list their Super Bowl odds at around 20-1, trailing the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans and New England Patriots in the AFC. That’s bound to upset some fans, but it’s really no surprise considering icons Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are gone, the team could have nine new starters and it’s been eight years since a Super Bowl winner captured a playoff game the next year. That’s a lot of math.

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Baltimore Ravens: Who Will Be the Starting Inside Linebackers?

For the Baltimore Ravens, there will be no shortage of competitions during this year’s training camp. On both sides of the ball, the team has a plethora of training camp battles for both starting and backup jobs.

On offense, the competition for the second starting wide receiver position and the battle for the starting center job will be the headliners. On defense, the myriad of new defensive linemen, including Chris Canty, Marcus Spears and Brandon Williams, will battle with the incumbents for playing time along Baltimore’s three-man defensive front.

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Ravens not acting like champions

The Baltimore Ravens’ actions this offseason — after they won the Super Bowl — have been historic in a certain sense.

Super Bowl winners usually don’t revamp their rosters. Most Super Bowl winners re-sign and reload the starting lineup with the hope that continuity enhances the chances of repeating. Those ideas worked well in the eras before the salary cap and free agency.

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