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Mystery solved

Wide receiver and return specialist Yamon Figurs had been missing from training camp since Sunday with no word of his whereabouts. Today, coach John Harbaugh cleared the air by revealing that Figurs was celebrating the birth of his child (gender undisclosed).

Harbaugh also said that cornerback Fabian Washington, who hasn't played since recording two interceptions against the New England Patriots on Thursday night, is dealing with what Harbaugh called "neck spasms." Although Washington's return is unclear, Harbaugh said he expects Figurs to be available to play on Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings.

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In other injury news, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was in full pads and uniform for the first time since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on July 27. Ngata was limited to individual drills.

Offensive tackles Adam Terry (sprained left ankle) and Jared Gaither (right ankle), cornerbacks Chris McAlister (swollen right knee), David Pittman (undisclosed) and Washington (neck spasms), tight ends Todd Heap (right calf) and Aaron Walker (left knee), linebacker Robert McCune (right leg) and rookie wide receiver Patrick Carter (dislocated shoulder) watched practice from the sidelines.

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Players who were absent included linebackers Gary Stills (knee), Dan Cody (right foot) and rookie Tavares Gooden (hip), defensive tackles Kelly Gregg (knee surgery) and Kelly Talavou (sprained shoulder) and running back Willis McGahee (knee surgery).

In addition to the signing of four-time Pro Bowl fullback Lorenzo Neal, the team also added former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Keith Heinrich. To make room for Heinrich, tight end Lee Vickers was released.

The Ravens were available to sign Neal without releasing a player because the team had severed ties with three players and added only two yesterday.

Two of those players who were placed on injured reserve yesterday -- linebacker Prescott Burgess (broken left wrist) and running back P.J. Daniels (separated shoulder) -- were injury-waived, which means they are no longer members of the team.


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