In the wake of shifting practice operations from Tulane University to the New Orleans Saints' practice facility in nearby Metairie, Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed confidence that it was a good decision.
Several Ravens players had expressed reservations about the hard artificial turf surface on an outdoor baseball diamond at Tulane, complaining of soreness in their joints.
The Ravens held an outdoor practice on the Saints' grass practice field Thursday and will practice there going forward, sharing the facility with the San Francisco 49ers as both teams prepare for Sunday night's Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"It was just a plus going over there," Harbaugh said this morning at a joint news conference with his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. "Tulane had done a good job. They’re in the process of rebuilding their football stadium. They’re building a brand-new facility there for their football program. It’s under construction right now.
"They’re doing a great job preparing their facility as it stands, but we needed to be on the grass. We needed to have 100 yards, and we really wanted a field. It was a big plus for us over there. It’s good for player safety, it’s good for their health and to get in the game feeling like they need to feel.”
Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard indicated Thursday that soreness had already set in for some players after the Wednesday workout at Tulane.
"A lot of guys actually iced up last night, got in the cold tub and everything else," Pollard said. "Just so you don't get the swelling or the fluid in the knees from pounding on the hard turf. We are appreciative of what Tulane has done for us, but, at the same time, we have to get on surfaces that can continue to be successful all week long and help our preparation to be able to go and play full speed on Sunday."
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