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No absentees at Ravens' post-Thanksgiving practice

The Ravens returned after a brief Thanksgiving respite with perfect attendance at practice Friday, the final workout before Sunday's visit from the San Diego Chargers.

Earlier this week, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder), outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (foot), wide receiver Michael Campanaro (hamstring), and guard/tackle Jah Reid (hand) appeared on the injury report in some capacity.

Campanaro, who has missed over a month with a hamstring injury, and McPhee, who was hurt Monday against New Orleans, were limited participants Wednesday and Thursday.

Suggs missed practice Wednesday before returning yesterday, and Reid has been a full participant all week, his first practice action since breaking his hand before the Tennessee Titans game.

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Ravens punter Sam Koch ranks first in Pro Bowl fan voting

Ravens punter Sam Koch's strong season is getting recognition, as he ranks first in the Pro Bowl fan voting.

Koch is averaging 46.9 yards per punt and has a 43.1 net average with 21 punts downed inside opponents' 20-yard line. He had a 73-yard punt against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, the second-longest of his career.

"That's awesome," Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said of Koch's Pro Bowl candidacy. "I think he deserves every vote he gets. He's been a longtime performer for this club with a lot of success as a teammate. It's richly deserved. The other part of the voting is from his peers, and I know he has the respect of his peers."

Koch was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010.

The fan voting counts for a third of the Pro Bowl voting with coaches and players' votes accounting for the rest.

"I don't really pay attention to it," Koch said. "It's great and all. It's one of those things just trying to look forward to just working each and every day. Hopefully at the...

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Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg plays role of bouncer during Steve Smith-Kenny Vaccaro brawl

When wide receiver Steve Smith drove New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro back into the Ravens' bench area in a wild altercation Monday night, the incident brought Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg back to his days as a bouncer during his younger days.

The imposing, 59-year-old former North Dakota State All-American linebacker helped restore order as he quickly found himself in the middle of the scrum.

"Well, I was a bouncer back in 1976," Rosburg said. "That's probably the last time I got paid for being a bouncer. I've been in a few hockey fights, but probably not since then.

"I was saying the right things. I was trying to keep the peace as best I could. It came to me. I didn't go seek it. It landed on my lap. At first, I defended myself and then I tried to help others."

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Ravens players' union rep Chris Canty saddened by NFL-NFLPA discord

The battleground between the NFL and the NFL Players Association has grown more contentious with each passing week.

Between domestic violence incidents involving indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back Ray Rice and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and an ugly child-abuse case that prompted the NFL to suspend Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the league and the players' union are involved in a series of disputes.

The players' union has accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league office of making up the rules as they go along and reacting to each latest public-relations crisis by increasing punishments.

In the case of Rice, Goodell initially suspended him for two games for knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. He then increased the punishment when a graphic video surfaced of Rice knocking out Janay Palmer at Revel Casino. Rice appealed the discipline and is awaiting former federal judge Barbara S. Jones' ruling.

Peterson was...

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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs returns to practice on Thanksgiving

Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs returned to practice Thursday after being sidelined for one day with a minor foot injury. He participated fully.

Suggs' status for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers isn't expected to be affected by the foot injury.

The Ravens had a 7:15 a.m. team meeting on Thanksgiving, with some players arriving earlier than that for lifting and training room sessions. Players were dismissed by early afternoon, so they could spend the holiday with family.

Wide receiver Michael Campanaro practiced for the second consecutive day after returning Wednesday from a pulled hamstring that had sidelined him since an Oct. 26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Campanaro was limited, as was outside linebacker Pernell McPhee with a shoulder injury.

The Ravens are trying to decide whether to activate Campanaro on Sunday or use this week to strengthen his leg and then have him play against the Miami Dolphins.

Offensive guard Jah Reid practiced for the second day in a...

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Ravens' defense prepping for seemingly ageless Chargers tight end Antonio Gates

Although he's probably in the twilight of a stellar NFL career at 34 years old, San Diego Chargers veteran tight end Antonio Gates seems ageless.

Gates remains a formidable downfield threat, still displaying the trademark athleticism he once flashed as a basketball player at Kent State before the Chargers signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2003. Containing Gates is one of the Ravens' top defensive priorities heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Definitely, he's doing everything right apparently, eating good food and finding a way to stay young," Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith said. "He still looks like he can run and light you up. We got a big test this week."

Gates is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who's caught 40 passes for 491 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Gates has Hall of Fame credentials with 759 career receptions for 9,684 yards and 96 touchdowns.

"You look at the tape and you're hoping he's going to age out at some point," Ravens coach John...

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