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Ravens have interest in Merriman

Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday night on his WBAL radio show the Ravens would pass on wide receiver Randy Moss, but he expressed an interest in former Maryland linebacker Shawne Merriman.

Asked if he had any interest in Moss, who has been waived by the Vikings, Harbaugh said, "No, we've got receivers, we've got lots of guys we're excited about."

But later in the program, when asked about Merriman, who is being waived by the Chargers, Harbaugh said he spoke with general manager Ozzie Newsome on Tuesday about the veteran linebacker.

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"He's a guy we talked about," Harbaugh said. "Ozzie and I had a long discussion today. We'll see if he gets through waivers."

Harbaugh said the Ravens would not put in a claim for Merriman because of salary considerations. But if Merriman clears waivers, "we'll have a discussion about it and see where we're at."

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Back after a bye week, Harbaugh said the team looked refreshed and healthier in Monday's practice, including tight end Todd Heap. He also attributed the defense's poor performance against the Bills to "a function of technique and execution," not a matter of tired legs.

Harbaugh also made a pitch to Ravens fans to get involved at M&T Bank Stadium in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, who are 4-0 on the road this season.

"It's up to our crowd to make it the toughest road game they've played this year," Harbaugh said. "That's something our fans take a lot of pride in. … It's up to our team to make it the toughest game [the Dolphins] have played so far."

Harbaugh also agreed with wide receiver Donte' Stallworth's projection that he'll be a game-time decision as far as playing on Sunday. "We want to see how he responds on Wednesday and Thursday" in practice, Harbaugh said. Stallworth is returning from a broken foot suffered in the preseason.

One of the highlights of Harbaugh's show was a call from an American missionary and Ravens fan who is living in Zambia, Africa, but still follows the team.

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