The Ravens have finalized their travel plans for the fall and will remain on the West Coast following a pair of road games.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he consulted with sleep experts and players and came to the conclusion that it was in the best interest of the team to remain out West rather than travel back and forth to the East Coast.
"We spent a little bit of time with some of the science on it, but really what it came down to was a gut decision and talking to the players," Harbaugh said. "We decided to stay out there the first week like we said and also the second trip we're out there."
The Ravens' season-opener is against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 13. Following that game, the Ravens will fly to California and practice that week in the San Jose area before playing the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 20.
The Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 18. Following that game, the Ravens will fly to Arizona and will train in Phoenix prior to playing the Arizona Cardinals in an Oct. 26 Monday night game.
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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he was in favor of the decision and was among the players consulted by Harbaugh.
"I feel good about it," Flacco said. "Us as players, we're part of that communication. John asks us and looks for input. I'm one of the guys directly involved in making that decision, so I'm happy about it. I think it's going to be a good thing for us, I hope it is."
As a father and husband, Flacco will be spending time away from family during those road trips. He might fly his wife, Dana, out for one game.
"She might feel a little differently," Flacco said. "I'm thinking that's going to be a week off from being dad. She probably is going to be in for a little bit, just like this week.
"That's just part of being an NFL quarterback's wife. That's why you've got to get a strong one."