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suf­fered dur­ing last year’s sea­son opener. He is sched­uled to speak dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, mark­ing the first time in al­most a year that the for­mer De­fen­sive Player of the Year will ad­dress the me­dia.

“He looks good,” Har­baugh said of Suggs in June. “He is work­ing hard. He’s been here for quite a few weeks now, re­hab­bing and con­di­tion­ing and all of those things. To my eye, he’s do­ing a re­ally good job. He’s work­ing re­ally hard. “When we de­cide to prac­tice him or how much and all those things, I think will de­pend on what’s in re­ally his and our best in­ter­est, as far as hav­ing him at his best when we start play­ing games. We’ll just have to play that out when train­ing camp starts.”

Elvis Dumervil, who will com­pete op­po­site Suggs as the other out­side line­backer, will also open camp on the PUP list. The team’s sack leader the past two sea­sons had off­sea­son foot surgery but is ex­pected to take part in camp sooner rather than later.

Play­ers on the PUP list can be ac­ti­vated dur­ing train­ing camp at any time. How­ever, if

they re­main on the PUP list when the reg­u­lar sea­son starts, they will be forced to miss the first six games.

When the Ravens opted not to re-sign Daryl Smith, it cre­ated a hole at in­side line­backer along­side C.J. Mosley and ush­ered in one of the more ex­cit­ing train­ing camp bat­tles.

Veter­ans Arthur Brown and Al­bert Mc­Clel­lan will com­pete with ris­ing star Zachary Orr and at­tempt to hold off sec­ond-round se­lec­tion Ka­malie Cor­rea.

Along the de­fen­sive line, Bran­don Wil­liams ex­pe­ri­enced a ca­reer year as the team’s pri­mary nose tackle last sea­son. He will dig in along­side Timmy Jerni­gan, while role play­ers Kapron Lewis-Moore, Brent Ur­ban and Carl Davis will fill out the ro­ta­tion. Train­ing camp will dic­tate who will see the field more of­ten.

The se­condary, which had a tremen­dous sec­ond half and fin­ished the year ranked in­side the NFL’s top 10 in pass­ing yards al­lowed per game, is ex­pected to re­turn sev­eral con­trib­u­tors from 2015.

Start­ing corner­back Jimmy Smith will again hold down the top spot, but could be lim­ited early on in train­ing camp due to an off­sea­son foot surgery. While there is no clear-cut fa­vorite for the start­ing role oppo-

site Smith, Sha­reece Wright, who joined the Ravens late last sea­son, will re­ceive the most at­ten­tion early. Will Davis, who ex­pe­ri­enced suc­cess last year be­fore suf­fer­ing a torn ACL, will of­fer com­pe­ti­tion.

Lar­dar­ius Webb, a cor­ner last sea­son, will make the tran­si­tion to safety, a po­si­tion he played in col­lege. He will be pen­ciled into the start­ing lineup along­side free agent ac­qui­si­tion Eric Wed­dle.

For­mer first-round pick Matt Elam, who tore his bi­ceps in train­ing camp last year, will com­pete sim­ply to stay on the ros­ter after fail­ing to impress dur­ing his first three sea­sons.

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