The Ravens will maintain their tradition of having starters playing into the third quarter during their third preseason game Saturday night.

Some starters might just play until halftime against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium.


This will be the last preseason game for the starters, who will be rested during the fourth and final preseason game against the New Orleans Saints next week.

"We're there stamina-wise, there's no question about that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Our guys are in great shape. Are we 100 percent fresh? No, we're not. We're not trying to be. We're trying to get strong.

"That's the idea. We're not striving for freshness right now. We're striving for strength, and that's what we're trying to build into our football team right now."

The goal for a game like this is to build timing and chemistry in the final tune-up for the Ravens' season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"This is obviously an important game as far as preseason goes, because it's the most we play," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "We're going to play into the second half. You want to go out there and you want to do a good job. We're ready, and we're poised to do that."

End zone

Besides cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (chest contusion), Lardarius Webb (lower back) and Asa Jackson (sprained ankle), the following players didn't practice Thursday: tight end Owen Daniels (leg soreness), offensive linemen Jah Reid and Will Rackley (concussions), offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten (sprained medial collateral ligament) and reserve fullback Shaun Chapas (undisclosed). … After canceling practice Wednesday to take players to the movies, Harbaugh said he wasn't a huge fan of the movie, "Lucy," but was complimentary of actress Scarlett Johansson. "She's a great actress, she did a great job," Harbaugh said. "Plot line: science fiction. I wouldn't have picked it. It was OK. Somebody is going to get mad at me in Hollywood. Hey, that's tough. That's too bad. It was great to be there with the guys. I ate a whole big thing of popcorn. You would enjoy sitting in there with a pro football team and listening to the commentary. The running commentary during a movie is pretty funny." … The Ravens were visited at practice by Ben Jackson, a 21-year-old power lifter and wrestler who has spastic cerebral palsy. Jackson, who bench presses 200 pounds and is training for the Paralympics, broke the huddle down at the end of practice. "He doesn't have a disability in his mind," said Harbaugh, who had lunch with Jackson. "What he does every day to accomplish the things he's doing inspired our football team. Just a great visit from a great young man."

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