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Marshal Yanda returns to practice for Ravens

Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda returned to practice Thursday after not participating in Wednesday's team workout.

Yanda has been on the injury report the past couple of weeks with a left knee issue, but he should be ready to play against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (hamstring) and offensive guard/tackle Jah Reid (broken hand) remained sidelined from practice. Campanaro hasn't practiced since Oct. 24, while Reid was injured a couple of days before the Ravens' 21-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Nov.9.

Neither player appears likely to be active Monday.

Tight end Owen Daniels and middle linebacker Daryl Smith also weren't present for the early portion of practice. But the coaching staff has been given them periodic days off this season because of their veteran status.

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Ravens practicing indoors to simulate New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome

As the Ravens prepare to return to New Orleans on Monday night, site of their Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, they're practicing indoors this week.

The Ravens' indoor practice facility shields them from the cold temperatures outside this week, and it also simulates the conditions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where they'll play the New Orleans Saints. The Ravens also will incorporate loud noise at the practice field.

"We’re going to be playing indoors, and it’s going to be loud," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "This helps us."

The Ravens have played one indoor game this seson, a 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Last season, they beat the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

"The domes are always loud, but all the stadiums seem like they’re loud," Harbaugh said. "We’ve been in all the domes pretty much lately. We were in Detroit last year, Indy this year. Communication on offense is something that we’re emphasizing this week. You heard it in here.

"We had crowd...

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has hit a rough patch over past four games

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been in something of a slump over the past month, missing reads and making errants throws that have sometimes led to interceptions.

Following an encouraging start to this season that included 12 touchdown passes and just three interceptions in the first six games, Flacco has gone backward.

In the past four games, he has thrown five touchdowns and five interceptions and averaged 231 passing yards per game. He's been sacked seven times in those games and watched receivers fail to break tackles for extra yards after the catch. A win over the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 9 was the lone recent game in which he didn’t throw an interception.

“Listen, I'm not in the game of evaluating myself,” Flacco said Wednesday. “I'll leave that up to [reporters]. Through the next six weeks, we're going to try to incorporate the things that we do well and the things that we need to do more of into our game plan and therefore give us the best chance to go out there and play...

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Ravens' Jacoby Jones targets successful return to hometown New Orleans against Saints

When the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Jacoby Jones was instrumental in their 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, scoring touchdowns on a 108-yard kickoff return and a 56-yard reception.

If Flacco hadn't earned Most Valuable Player honors, Jones would have been a strong candidate.

Now, the former Pro Bowl kick returner is eyeing a successful return to his hometown Monday night, when the Ravens play the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“It's always going to be history because what we did was historic,” said Jones, who tied a Super Bowl record for longest kickoff return. “We're always going to be brothers. High school all-star games there, all kinds of things, every time I walk in that stadium no matter whether I'm retired or not, it's a piece of me. I got a piece of this turf.”

This hasn't been a banner season offensively for Jones, who has four receptions for 50 yards and has dropped six passes, but he has picked up his pace as a return man...

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Steve Smith jokes about making ex-girlfriends jealous, power going out at Superdome

Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith was in a playful mood while at the podium Wednesday, weighing in on everything from jealous former girlfriends to the power outage during Super Bowl XLVII.

Smith said prime-time games like Monday night's meeting with the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome have a different atmosphere and meaning.

"I get excited, you get real excited," Smith said. "Family members get to see you play. Ex-girlfriends that wish they didn't dump you are questioning themselves right now. It's fun. It's kind of true. That's why I'm not on Facebook."

As the Ravens prepare to return to the site of their Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers, Smith also cracked a joke about the lights going out.

"You can't take that trophy with you," Smith said. "Those people don't care what happened in the Super Bowl. Probably the people who are working the stadium facility. They're making sure the power doesn't go out. That part is part of history."

Smith, who has 14...

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Chris Canty disagrees with Tiki Barber, doesn't think Tom Coughlin should be fired

Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty played four seasons for Tom Coughlin, winning a Super Bowl behind the leadership of the longtime New York Giants coach.

Canty sharply disagreed with former Giants running back Tiki Barber calling for the 68-year-old Coughlin to be fired.

"Here's the thing: Coughlin is arguably a Hall of Fame coach, if I had a vote he's in there," Canty said in the Ravens locker room. "He's a great coach. He's an even better man. I think for what he's done with his resume, with what he's done with that franchise since he's got there, I think he has earned the right. If it comes to that, he'll take himself out of the situation. I think he's self-aware enough to do that. I don't think that it's the the right thing to fire a coach like Tom Coughlin."

Barber told a Los Angeles radio station that Coughlin's effectiveness has ended with the Giants 3-7 this season. Coughlin is in his 11th season with the Giants and has won two Super Bowl titles, going 93-77 overall....

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