With rain scheduled to hit the Baltimore area throughout the evening, the Ravens have canceled Saturday’s free and open practice at M&T Bank Stadium.
The workout had been scheduled for 6 p.m. with fireworks to follow, but an evening forecast including a 100-percent chance of rain certainly wasn’t ideal for fan attendance. With the Ravens beginning training camp a week early due to their participation in the Hall of Fame Game, putting players at risk on a wet field — and tearing up the natural grass surface in the process — wouldn’t have been wise at this early stage of the summer.
Per a team official on early Saturday afternoon, the organization had not yet discussed with the football staff whether a stadium practice would be rescheduled for another date this summer. Saturday night was to be the first time the Ravens would practice in full pads this summer.
The Ravens have managed to stay relatively healthy through the spring and early summer with veteran right guard Marshal Yanda being the most notable absence. The six-time Pro Bowl selection missed most of last season with a broken ankle and underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason, which explains why he is currently on the active physically unable to perform list. Yanda is expected to be ready to go ahead of the start of the regular season on Sept. 9.
Rookie first-round tight end Hayden Hurst missed Friday’s practice with what was described as a soft-tissue issue by head coach John Harbaugh. However, the tight end group did welcome fellow rookie Mark Andrews back to the field as well as Vince Mayle (ankle), who was activated from the PUP list.
In addition to Hurst, offensive lineman Maurquice Shakir and cornerback Bennett Jackson were new absences on Friday. Remaining sidelined were offensive lineman Greg Senat, linebacker Bam Bradley (knee – PUP), cornerback Jaylen Hill (knee – PUP), and wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (leg – PUP).