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Ravens Notebook: Flacco excused from practice, awaiting birth of child

OWINGS MILLS - Fatherhood awaits Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Flacco was excused from the Ravens' mandatory minicamp due to his wife going into labor Wednesday morning with their first child.

Dana Flacco was initially expected to give birth Saturday.

"Joe got the call this morning," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Obviously, the labor started and Joe was high-tailing up the road to Philly to be with Dana. We wish them nothing but the best. They don't know if it's going to be a boy or a girl."

While Flacco tended to his family duties, Tyrod Taylor was under center running the Ravens' offense.

Taylor had a solid day overall, but was intercepted quite a few times.

That included an interception by Jimmy Smith where he lateraled the football to Lardarius Webb for a touchdown.

"I thought Tyrod did well," Harbaugh said. "Tyrod especially stepped up and Curtis [Painter] threw some real nice balls in the red zone. It was a really good practice, and those guys ran the practice."

STILL NO REED: The silence between Harbaugh and absentee free safety Ed Reed remains unbroken.

The Pro Bowl defensive back is skipping the Ravens' mandatory minicamp, an unexcused absence expected to draw at least $63,000 in fines.

"No, I haven't," Harbaugh said when asked if he has spoken to the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year. "Not to make too much out of it, I have tremendous respect for Ed. I've used the word admiration. I'm not worried about Ed being ready. I said a couple of weeks ago that I know Ed is going to be working hard and getting himself ready for the season.

"Any comment beyond that really has no value. I value our friendship. I value the relationship. I value him as a player. I am going to plan as if he's going to be here and be ready to go. Whatever is going on, Ed knows how to deal with it."

SIDELINED: Rookie third-round running back Bernard Pierce didn't practice after tweaking his hamstring Tuesday, according to Harbaugh.

Also not practicing: offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (conditioning issues), center Matt Birk (varicose veins surgery), defensive end Pernell McPhee (arthroscopic knee surgery), offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (quadriceps), wide receivers Tandon Doss (leg) and David Reed (knee) and offensive lineman Howard Barbieri.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones got tangled up trying to catch a pass and landed on his right leg. He limped off the field and didn't return to practice.

Cornerback Cary Williams took part in some drills after undergoing offseason hip surgery.

Unsigned franchise running back Ray Rice isn't attending the minicamp.

He has yet to sign his $7.742 million franchise tender.

The Ravens have until a July 16 deadline to sign Rice to a long-term contract. Otherwise, he'll play the entire season under the franchise tag.

There's been no indication of any positive movement in contract discussions at this time.

ROSTER MOVES: The Ravens cut two reserve players today, linebacker Cody Glenn and wide receiver Rodney Bradley.

Glenn, 25, is a former Indianapolis Colts reserve who played in 10 games last season and recorded 15 tackles before joining the Ravens this offseason.

He's a former Washington Redskins fifth-round draft pick from Nebraska. Glenn had been limited at practice recently due to injuries.

He was due a $540,000 base salary this season.

Bradley was on the Ravens' practice squad last year after going undrafted out of Hawaii.

Bradley wasn't healthy all spring and had missed a significant amount of practice time.

Bradley was scheduled to make $390,000 this season.

Neither players' release creates any dead money against the salary cap since they didn't receive signing bonuses or other guaranteed money.

BIG PLAYS: Rookie sixth-round wide receiver Tommy Streeter caught a couple of fade routes for touchdown passes, celebrating after one by punting the football.

And undrafted free agent wide receiver Deonte Thompson, a rookie from the University of Florida who has 4.28 speed in the 40-yard dash, caught a long touchdown pass.

"Those two guy had some real plays when we were down there in the team period," Harbaugh said. "They have gotten better. We have probably gotten more work with the rookies this year than any year since I have been here or any year that I know of in the league with a group of rookies.

"We've gotten a lot of reps with them the way the rules are set up, and we have a good number of them here, so we can get a lot done. They've all benefited, but those two guys have made big strides."

MCADOO TO IR: Outside linebacker Michael McAdoo went unclaimed off waivers after being waived-injured and is now officially on injured reserve.

Being placed on waivers is a procedural requirement for players with less than four years of NFL experience.QUICK HITS: Rookie kicker Justin Tucker made a 54-yard field goal and incumbent kicker Billy Cundiff connected on a 51-yarder. ... Rookie cornerback Asa Jackson returned to workouts this week after missing the organized team activities due to an NFL-NCAA rule requiring players from not taking part in minicamps until their class scheduled is finished. ... Wide receiver Torrey Smith and former Ravens kicker Matt Stover are among the players scheduled to speak at the NFL rookie symposium this month in Cleveland. ... Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar watched practice, sitting with general manager Ozzie Newsome. ... Michael Oher lined up at left tackle with Jah Reid playing right tackle and Gino Gradkowski playing center and Bobbie Williams running with the first-team offense at left guard. ... With Reed absent, the starting safeties were Sean Considine at free safety and Bernard Pollard at his usual strong safety spot.

Reach staff writer Aaron Wilson at 410-857-7896 or sports@carrollcountytimes.com.

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