and between your ears. That’s where the game is played. You understand, that is where the physicality happens – between the whistles,” Harbaugh said. “You have to know when to walk away, and you have to be smart. You cannot give up a personal foul penalty down in here [opposing territory] that keeps a drive alive. You can’t do it. Teams have done that before. That is how you lose football games. Our intention is to play winning football, and that is not winning football.”
The stadium practice also marked the first time that most of the fans, players and coaches were introduced to the new true grass field now installed at the stadium. The Ravens replaced the artificial turf with sod during the offseason.
There will also be noticeable changes to the field’s design when the season begins, as the shield, normally painted at midfield, will be replaced with the team’s primary logo, while the words “Baltimore” and “Ravens” will be in each end zone, respectively.
“From what I experienced, it was good. The field out there is awesome, the grass is really, really good and the surface was awesome,” Pitta said. “I was excited to be out there and it was a great atmosphere having our fans out there.
“Like I said, tempers flared a little bit because some of the guys, especially rookies who are in there for the first time, showed a little bit more excitement,” Pitta continued. “But it was fun.”
The highlight of the night may have been when Flacco, who missed the final six games of the regular season last year when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, broke free from the pocket and scrambled for a first down, resulting in cheers from the approximately 4,000 fans in attendance.
“It feels good every day to get out there and do stuff and gain more and more confidence,” Flacco said. “It feels fine. It’s probably a little stiff right now, I may have had a little limp when I was running, but I didn’t feel anything.”
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