Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will call plays and run the offense from the sideline this season, he said Saturday.

“I've done that for the last … eight years, and I have [quarterbacks coach] Rick Dennison up in the box with me, so it's a rhythm,” Kubiak said. Dennison was Kubiak's offensive coordinator for his final four seasons as head coach in Houston.

Kubiak said he wants to be on the field so that he can more easily communicate with quarterback Joe Flacco after series.

“I'll be down there with Joe, so when he comes off the field, we can talk,” he said. “That's what we're doing right now, building that relationship, so I see that continuing.”

End zones

Running back Bernard Pierce left practice early with a team medical official, but later tweeted that he was not injured. … The Ravens got a surprise visit Saturday from Lucca, a retired military dog who served as a search dog specializing in roadside bombs in Afghanistan. The team watched a video Friday night about how Lucca lost a leg in an explosion, and warmly greeted her after practice Saturday during a team huddle. … The Ravens sold out of single-game tickets for the first four home games in roughly 30 minutes Friday morning, and a limited number of tickets for the final four home games are still available.

Reporter Aaron Wilson contributed to this story.

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