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Matt Lawrence eager to return

Running back Matt Lawrence, who started training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list due to a knee injury, was out on the practice field Wednesday carrying around a weighted football and eager to get back to playing again now that his knee is healing.

"It's pretty close," Lawrence said of his knee being ready to play. "You just have to [take] precautions. I feel pretty good and it's coming along well."

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Lawrence played in eight games for the Ravens last year and is not projected to make a big impact on the field this year, but he says he is learning a lot from some of the veterans at practice.

"I learn a lot of little stuff from guys like [Willis] McGahee. I learn different techniques and things, like running routes and breaking tackles," Lawrence said.

Lawrence said that while a lot of players are talking about the playoffs and the Super Bowl, he just takes it one game at a time. Right now he is thinking about when his knee is going to be ready one practice at a time. In the meantime, Lawrence has been carrying a weighted, 15-pound football around the practice field.

"I carry it every day," he said. "A regular football is too light, I like the weighted one. I take it everywhere with me."

Lawrence is eager to get back out on the field and compete for a spot among a team that is full of talented running backs.

"I want to be out there so bad," Lawrence said. "Anything you love to do you want even more when you're so close. Now with camp, it is so close; I just want to be out there. I visualize everything and just wait for the next hit."

-- Kaitlyn Carr

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