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Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Ravens don’t yet have a plan for integrating Joe Flacco when he returns

Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, right, with quarterback Dustin Vaughan, left, on first day of training camp in Owings Mills.
Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, right, with quarterback Dustin Vaughan, left, on first day of training camp in Owings Mills. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

The Ravens have now completed seven practices in training camp without starting quarterback Joe Flacco, who is still sidelined by a back issue. The hope is that at some point, Flacco will be ready to come back, but the team has yet to craft a plan for his return.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg admitted that much after Friday morning's session at the Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills.

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"The important thing is [that] there will come a time where we have a plan for him, and we're not quite there yet, and it may come pretty quick," Mornhinweg said. "So we'll see. Maybe I'm hoping and wishing, but I hope that comes pretty quickly."

Third-year running back looks sleeker than his listed size of 6 feet, 220 pounds.

That sentiment may sound alarming, but Flacco is a 10-year veteran who has played full seasons in nine of those years. And he participated in offseason minicamps and organized team activities prior to tweaking his back while working out. So he may not need too much time to reacquaint himself with the offense and its playbook.

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Mornhinweg did say that he has been encouraged by Flacco's thoughts on his recovery.

"By Joe's account, he's getting better and feeling better and all those things," he said. "When he's back, it'll be a good thing to get him back. From here until that time, we're rocking and rolling with the fellow we have."

After a decent day on Thursday, offense returns to mistake-prone ways

Speaking of that fellow, Ryan Mallett regressed from Thursday's practice, throwing a screen pass that was intercepted by defensive tackle Carl Davis on Friday. Mallett also overthrew tight end Ryan Malleck and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and failed to spot tight end Benjamin Watson wide open in the end zone during a red zone exercise before finding Watson later in that same drill.

"He's been up and down just a little bit," Mornhinweg said. "He sure is a talented guy. … He's proven that he can play at a high level. Now his challenge is to play at that high level really consistently, stack all of these practices back to back to back."

End zone: Flacco's backup Ryan Mallett regressed from Thursday's practice, throwing a screen pass that was intercepted by defensive tackle Carl Davis on Friday. Mallett also overthrew tight end Ryan Malleck and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and failed to spot tight end Benjamin Watson wide open in the end zone during a red zone exercise before finding Watson later in that same drill. "He's been up and down just a little bit," Mornhinweg said. "He sure is a talented guy. … He's proven that he can play at a high level. Now his challenge is to play at that high level really consistently, stack all of these practices back to back to back." … The defense has arguably had the upper hand on the offense in six of the first seven practices of camp, especially in the interceptions department. But defensive coordinator Dean Pees said he does not concern himself with who is throwing the ball. "I really actually look at what was the coverage like on the guy," he said. "Because that is still [wide receiver] Mike Wallace running the route. It is still Jeremy Maclin. It is still [tight end] Benjamin Watson. Are we in the right position to make the play? If we are really in bad coverage and they throw us a pick because it is way off, it really does not matter. What I am looking at is the coverage." … The team signed rookie center Derrick Nelson and released rookie center Brandon Kublanow. Kublanow, an undrafted free agent, sat out the past four days of practice.

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