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John Harbaugh held injured offensive line out of practice, sends players home with warning

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was happy with the two days of practice before this week's bye, with Wednesday's practice in full pads.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was happy with the two days of practice before this week's bye, with Wednesday's practice in full pads. (Nils Nilsen / Getty Images)

Ravens coach John Harbaugh practiced his team in full pads on Wednesday, the final day before their mandatory four-day break for the bye week, though he gave many of his banged-up starting offensive linemen the day off to avoid contact.

"It was a physical practice," Harbaugh said. "There were certain things that we really wanted to work on specifically, and each guy had individual things that they determined that they were going to work on. I thought our guys just did a great job, and we got better over the last two days. That's what we were trying to do."

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Wednesday's practice was the last requirement for the players until Monday, when the Ravens begin preparations for their second-half opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The coaches will be dismissed after a day of work Thursday. But for an offensive line with several players carrying injuries, the rest period began early.

Starting center Jeremy Zuttah left Sunday's game with a shoulder sprain, while starting left tackle Eugene Monroe missed the game with a shoulder injury suffered the week before against the Arizona Cardinals. Guard Kelechi Osemele played Sunday, but left the Cardinals game with a knee injury. Guard Marshal Yanda has been nursing an ankle issue for several weeks.

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"We decided to hold Jeremy out," Harbaugh said. "We held Marshal out. We held [Osemele] out today, he practiced yesterday. Eugene [was] out, but things do look good for Jeremy. We'll know more Monday, see if he practices Monday and Wednesday. But things do look good."

At the end of practice, director of player development Harry Swayne talked to the players for several minutes. Harbaugh said that with the free time on his players' hands, everyone agreed to be on his best behavior.

"[It] wasn't like a big long lecture," Harbaugh said. "But we all agreed that we would take care of our business and stay out of trouble. Everybody's in full agreement on that. I have their word on that, and I'll be expecting them to follow through on that.

"And really, seriously, I don't expect anything to happen with our guys. We have a bunch of guys that I have full faith and confidence in that they'll make the right choices and do the right thing. If somebody stubs his toe, then obviously there's always consequences of some kind for that."

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