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Ravens change practice schedule after releasing statement surrounding social justice reform

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday that the team had altered its practice schedule to prepare for a full-team scrimmage Saturday, clarifying an earlier announcement that the team had canceled practice altogether for a session “surrounding social justice reform.”

The Ravens, who were scheduled to practice at 9 a.m. Friday, instead held a special teams meeting, a team meeting, positional meetings, an afternoon walk-through and a weight-lifting session at their Owings Mills facility.

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“The guys have put in a full day today,” Harbaugh said Friday.

While several professional sports leagues and teams have postponed games and canceled practices in the wake of the police shooting of 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Ravens opted to participate in Thursday’s scheduled practice and devote the afternoon to discuss their next steps.

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Early Thursday evening, the team issued a statement with multiple requests, notably arresting and charging the police officers responsible for shooting Blake and killing Breonna Taylor, a Black woman in Louisville, Kentucky.

The team also called on the U.S. Senate to vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the support of state- and federally-mandated Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Accreditation, as well as additional prison reform.

On Friday morning, the Ravens announced that they had canceled their morning practice “in order to perform a team unifying session surrounding social justice reform.” References to the session were later deleted on social media and on the team’s official website.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jonas Shaffer contributed to this article.

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