Sun sports reporters Jeff Zrebiec and Jon Meoli report from Philadelphia where the Ravens and Eagles concluded their joint practices prior to Saturday's preseason game. (Jon Meoli/Baltimore Sun)
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens became a better team for their three joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles, the opponents for Saturday's preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field.
"It was a success," said Harbaugh, who thanked Eagles' owner Jeff Lurie, his family and the Eagles organization. "A great organization, great people, first class all the way. [They] treated us really well. We had three really good practices with a good football team and we felt like we improved."
The two teams practiced together at the Eagles' NovaCare Complex Wednesday and Thursday in full pads, then donned jerseys and shorts for a light walk-through on Friday ahead of the game. Far from the raucous fight scenes that emerged at other joint practices around the league, the Ravens and Eagles kept it largely professional this week.
Harbaugh said he doesn't believe the practices will impact the game at all.
"I don't think it changes anything," Harbaugh said. "You know them better than you would, and they know us better than they would."
The Ravens are scheduled to play the Eagles in 2016, so it's unlikely that they'll revisit the joint practices next season. But Harbaugh said he and Lurie could join up again during training camp in 2017.
And though the practices won't impact the preseason game, the Ravens' injury situation may.
With starting right tackle Rick Wagner (leg) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (Achilles) sitting out Friday's walk-through, the Ravens' offensive line depth comes into focus entering the game.
Ryan Jensen replaced Osemele with the first-team Friday, and James Hurst has been spelling Wagner all week at right tackle. Top reserve right tackle Jah Reid (back) hasn't practiced all week, while guard John Urschel and Robert Myers have both returned this week from concussions but are limited participants in practice.
Undrafted rookie tackle Darryl Baldwin and undrafted guard Blaine Clausell also weren't present Friday.