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The Ravens are practicing outdoors this afternoon in Owings Mills.

For those who aren't working outside today -- which probably means most of you reading this blog entry -- you know that is a significant event given how often the Ravens practiced in the rain during Brian Billick's tenure in Baltimore.

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The tone is definitely being set by John Harbaugh and his staff, long before the team arrives for training camp at McDaniel College.

As for the practice itself, what's certainly noticeable -- aside from the absence of Terrell Suggs and Jonathan Ogden -- was the lack of healthy tight ends. Todd Heap was out there, but Daniel Wilcox is still recovering from toe surgery and Quinn Sypniewski is out -- possibly for the season -- with the knee injury sustained a few weeks ago at an OTA.

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Even Lee Vickers, who was brought in last season when Heap and Wilcox went down, wasn't practicing today. That left the Ravens with a pair of free agent rookies, Joe Reitz of Western Michigan and Scott Kuhn of Louisville.

Now I've got to get back out there before Harbaugh sees one of the media missing and makes us run a lap.

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