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Ravens safety Eric Weddle trims his beard, and nothing is sacred anymore

Eric Weddle’s beard, a legendary tangle of hair whose legend in Baltimore had grown in its 2½ years aboard the Ravens safety’s face, disappeared sometime late last week and is presumed dead.

Weddle’s beard is survived by heavy stubble, which appeared before the Ravens’ game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It’s unclear what caused the beard’s disappearance. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who after two straight losses acknowledged Wednesday that “We’ve all got a little bit of superstition in us, I guess,” shaved off much of his beard earlier in the week.

Reporters last saw Weddle’s beard Wednesday, when he said he planned to dye it white as part of his Santa Claus costume for Halloween. He said before the year that he was not shaving, calling the beard "beautiful."

Weddle’s latest full beard began to grow in early 2016, a month before he left the San Diego Chargers for Baltimore. The first iteration started at the start of the 2013 season as an homage to his father, Steven, whom Weddle said had “a big, old beard” in his younger days.

Weddle, the spokesman for his beard, could not be reached immediately for comment Sunday.

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