The Ravens moved indoors for their afternoon training camp practice Thursday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.
The ability to practice indoors was one of the primary reasons the team moved its training camp from McDaniel College in Westminster, breaking a longstanding tradition and angering some fans, as the Owings Mills practices basically are closed to the public.
It was unclear why Thursdays practice was moved, as the sun was shining with temperatures in the high 80s. But the weather forecast included the possibility of strong afternoon showers.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh also said last week that he might move a practice indoors to break the run of withering afternoon practices he has ordered.
You dont want to be out here every day in it because that can be debilitating, Harbaugh said. So if we get a long period of hot weather, well go in there and turn the air on and be smart about it.
The air was definitely on as the Ravens went through their usual drills inside the high-ceilinged indoor field. All-Pro defensive end Haloti Ngata was absent again, apparently still dealing with the hamstring pull that has kept him out of camp, and center Matt Birk also was absent for a fourth straight practice.