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Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil returns for first practice since Thursday

Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil signs autographs for fans after practice on the second day of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center.
Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil signs autographs for fans after practice on the second day of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who practiced on the first day of training camp Thursday but has been out since, returned Wednesday as the Ravens resumed practice in Owings Mills.

Coach John Harbaugh said Dumervil was a full participant, and Dumervil said returning after a six-day layoff for a practice during which players wore just helmets, jerseys, and shorts, "worked out perfectly.

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“It was good getting in and getting my feet going a little bit,” Dumervil said.

Dumervil said his right Achilles tendon was inflamed during the first practice of training camp last Thursday.

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"We just wanted to make sure it got settled down," he said. "We did precautionary steps to make sure we both felt positive coming out."

It's an issue Dumervil had not dealt with in his 10-year career. He sat out four practices before Tuesday's day off — three of which were in full pads, though Dumervil said he probably could have participated at the open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday.

Instead, he essentially gave himself two final days rest before returning Wednesday. Dumervil gave credit to head trainer Mark Smith and strength coach Bob Rogucki, plus Harbaugh, for allowing him both the time to recover and the care to allow him to come back in under a week.

He participated in full-team and individual drills Wednesday, taking time in between series to stretch his ankle and Achilles on the sideline.

Cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who tweaked his hamstring Saturday and missed the two subsequent practices, also returned.

Meanwhile, wide receivers Breshad Perriman (knee) and Marlon Brown (back) remained out, as did cornerbacks Tray Walker and Chris Greenwood and outside linebacker Zach Thompson.

Long-term absentees include safety Matt Elam (torn biceps, out for the season), tight end Dennis Pitta (hip), and safety Terrence Brooks (knee).

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