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Lorenzo Taliaferro, Rashaan Melvin return to practice ahead of Sunday's game

Former Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and his coaching staff with the Denver Broncos have a little more to plan for ahead of Sunday's season opener, as Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and cornerback Rashaan Melvin returned to practice Friday.

Taliaferro suffered a sprained MCL trying to make a tackle after an interception in the Aug. 15 preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and has not participated in practice since. He wasn't participating in full-team drills, but was running and cutting on the field Friday.

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Coach John Harbaugh said earlier this week that players returning to practice would be a good indicator that they would be back soon, but it's unclear whether Taliaferro has progressed enough to play Sunday.

Melvin has been dealing with a soft-tissue injury in his thigh for several weeks, one suffered in a light practice on Monday, Aug. 24. He returned three days later and started the third preseason game against the Washington Redskins, but sat out after. He didn't appear to do much during the open portion of practice.

Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who practiced Thursday for the first time in nearly three weeks, was also present. The only player not practicing was wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who has been out six weeks with a sprained knee.

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