OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens will hold joint practices in August with the Eagles in Philadelphia, prior to the Aug. 22 Eagles-Ravens preseason game. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed the decision following the conclusion of rookie camp Saturday.
“We’re going to go up there three days before we play them in the second preseason game,” Harbaugh said. “We’re excited about that, looking forward to it.”
The Ravens held three days of joint practices with the 49ers last season, when Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, was still the 49ers’ head coach. After talking to Eagles coach Chip Kelly, John Harbaugh felt Eagles-Ravens joint practices would work out well for both teams.
“I don’t know Chip very well,” Harbaugh said. “Jim’s always spoken really highly of him, but obviously I have great respect for him. We were just talking at the owners meetings, kind of wondering why we don’t play each other more in the preseason. See if we could work something out. Looks like we’re going to be able to do that.”
As for the regular season, the Ravens are still trying to decide whether they will stay out West between their West coast games. The Eagles play at Denver in Week 1, then at Oakland in Week 2. In October, the Ravens play at San Francisco in Week 6, and at Arizona in Week 7.
“Have not made a final decision on staying out there,” Harbaugh said. “We’re leaning in that direction, especially the first week. We’ll see about the second week. It’s a little bit longer trip. We’ve got a couple of sleep study doctors and time zone doctors and things like that we’re talking to. We just want to do the smartest thing, whatever it is. We’ll have a decision on that in two weeks let’s say.”
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