Reid, the club's third-round pick in April, didn't mind Cousins' return, saying after practice on Wednesday, "It's always good to have competition. We'll make each other better. Right now, I've been running with the ones and twos. So, competition is always good, and we're going to welcome him to the party."
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Perhaps the biggest surprise of the first full-team practice was Arthur Jones running with the first-team at defensive end. He got the nod over Cory Redding, who made 11 starts last year.
"Arthur Jones is doing really well," Harbaugh said. "He's grown and matured. He's a little bit leaner and a little bit quicker. He's just making more plays. He's a better technician. He's doing a nice job."
Jones, a fifth-round pick from a year ago, didn't make a tackle in two games played. He was inactive for 16 games (including twice in the playoffs).
Webb starts as punt returner
Lardarius Webb, who finished last season with a huge punt return against Pittsburgh in the playoffs, will start this season as the Ravens' No. 1 punt returner, special teams coach Jerry Rosburg said.
Webb had a 55-yard return for an apparent touchdown against the Steelers, but a holding penalty erased the score in a game the Ravens ultimately lost.
"Lardarius Webb finished the season as our punt returner, and he was a very explosive returner for us," Rosburg said. "If you recall when he took over, things changed, including the dynamic return in the playoff game that he scored on.
"So Lardarius is taking our returns right now as our No. 1 guy, but we're always looking for returners. That never changes. Every year we try and get as many guys back there to catch the ball — and show us what they can do — as we possibly can. This year is no different, but Lardarius is definitely our lead guy as far as punt returner at this point in time."
The start of Thursday's practice was delayed 3½ hours, until after the 10-year collective bargaining agreement was approved by the recertified players union. That allowed restricted and exclusive-rights free agents to participate. The Ravens didn't finish practice until 8 p.m. as the sun was setting. "We kind of joke about adapt, adjust and overcome," Harbaugh said. "It really was one of those days. We're creatures of habit, and all of a sudden we didn't have that. We had to come out and have a great practice. And we did that." … Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin), the team's first-round pick, missed his third straight practice. … Inside linebacker Jameel McClain was removed from the non-football injury list and safety Tom Zbikowski was taken off the non-football illness list. … Long snapper Morgan Cox (knee), who is wearing a knee brace, remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Undrafted rookie Patrick Scales (Utah State) is filling in for Cox.
Baltimore Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article