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Baltimore Ravens

Ravens scrap plan to stay on West Coast for second time

After the Ravens finished their final practice last week at San Jose State in preparation for the game against the Oakland Raiders, coach John Harbaugh was asked if he felt like staying on the West Coast between Week 1 and 2 was the right move.

"The wisdom is in the results, as we all know," Harbaugh said at the time. "If we go out there and take care of business, then it was a good move."

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The Ravens were beaten by the Raiders, 37-33, and a day later, Harbaugh acknowledged that the organization was rethinking his plan to remain on the West Coast between the Oct. 18 game against the San Francisco 49ers and the Oct. 26 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Today, he announced that the Ravens would not be staying on the West Coast between the two games. They'll fly back East after the 49ers' contest and prepare at their Owings Mills training complex before heading out to Arizona a day or two before the Monday night game.

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"We'll do our normal travel schedule for both of those games," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said ultimately the decision was made not because of the result of the Raiders' game but rather because this trip would have represented a long stay on the road. For Sunday road games on the West Coast, the team traditionally travels on Fridays. Because the Ravens-Cardinals is a Monday night game, that would have meant that the team would've been on the road for 10 days before the Arizona game.

"That was the main part of it," Harbaugh said. "It's just a long week. We were going to go out there two days before because it was a West Coast trip and then you're out there until Monday. It's just too long of a stretch."

The Ravens had been scheduled to spend the week before the Cardinals' game practicing at Arizona State. Now, they'll be staying at home.

"It really doesn't make a big difference to us," said Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk. "We kind of just roll with the punches. It was nice staying out on the West Coast but it will also be nice to come back to our families."


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