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Not exactly a typical first day of minicamp for the Ravens.

Quarterback Steve McNair retired.

Linebacker Ray Lewis and several other veterans showed up.

The first day of on-field activities under new coach John Harbaugh was dominated by the news that McNair was ending his 13-year NFL career and two-year stint with the Ravens, but it wasn't the only news coming out of Owings Mills yesterday.

Lewis, who normally opts out of minicamps, participated in the workouts, according to Ravens senior vice president of public relations Kevin Byrne. So did veteran defensive lineman Trevor Pryce and cornerback Chris McAlister.

Byrne said that linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has yet to sign his one-year contract offer after being tagged as the team's franchise player, attended the meetings but can't participate in the on-field workouts until he signs the deal.

Asked about the mood in the first day of the three-day minicamp after McNair told his teammates he was quitting, veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason said: "It was business as usual. You have to go out there and put that behind you, especially going through a new offense."

As for the new offense being installed by new coordinator Cam Cameron, Mason said: "It was fast and it was frustrating and confusing at times, so that kind of took your mind off Steve a bit. But once you step off that practice field, reality hits, No. 9 is not going to be in the huddle."

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