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Ed Dickson returns to practice

Ed Dickson

Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson walks on the field at the beginning of a practice session at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. The Ravens will travel to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship football game Sunday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


The Ravens are getting healthier.

It looks like they will have cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda back in the lineup for this week’s preseason game against the Panthers and now the team has announced that tight end Ed Dickson has returned to practice. Dickson has missed the last couple of weeks with a hamstring injury and he was limited in practice on Monday, but it’s progress toward having him in the lineup once the regular season gets underway.

Should Dickson’s health hold upon his return to the field, the Ravens will have some decisions to make at tight end as they put together their final roster. Coach John Harbaugh said last week that the team was still holding out hope that Dennis Pitta would return at some point during the season and the team has signed Visanthe Shiancoe and Dallas Clark to give them other options at the position in the wake of the injuries to their top two returning tight ends.

That’s not a far better problem to have than replacing both Dickson and Pitta, though, and one that the Ravens will likely be glad to make as a result.