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Ravens open training camp this morning without QB Joe Flacco under center

Ravens open training camp this morning without QB Joe Flacco under center

The Ravens’ first day of the 2017 training camp at their practice facility in Owings Mills began without their most important offensive player on the field.

Quarterback Joe Flacco did not practice this morning and is expected to sit out the first week. The 32-year-old – who is entering his 10th season, all with the Ravens – is battling discomfort in his back that has plagued him for the past two weeks and became more pronounced on Wednesday, according to sources.

Team officials hope rest will help Flacco’s back improve although the NFL Network had reported that he could be sidelined as long as three to six weeks. In Flacco’s absence, veteran...

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