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By NOAH TRISTER – AP Sportswriter

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Now in his 15th season as Baltimore Ravens coach, John Harbaugh understands the need to keep the message fresh.

“The principles are still the same, but we present them differently,” he said. “The way you say it, the words you use, you try to apply it to the guys at hand and the situation we’re dealing with. … We have a tee. I don’t know , I thought of this a few weeks ago for some reason, and this is our first T-shirt. It’s, ‘Come to work ready to go to work.’

The Ravens held their first full-team practice of training camp on Wednesday, and they have one more reason to be motivated after just their second lost season of Harbaugh’s tenure. They overcame a host of injuries for a time before losing their last six games to finish 8-9.

“Shocking,” guard Kevin Zeitler said. “Being where we were after week 11, week 12? And how it went, but also being in every game, no matter what happened. I mean, there’s a million things that happened. You can’t find an excuse. You can’t expect things to change either, because everyone is healthy. We have to put the work in place.

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Not everyone is healthy yet. Running backs JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters – all of whom missed last season with knee injuries – are on the list of physically unable to perform. The same goes for tackle Ronnie Stanley, linebacker Tyus Bowser and safety Ar’Darius Washington.

Dobbins can’t wait to get back now.

“I said to him again today, ‘I know how you feel about this. You told me,'” Harbaugh said. that he will be back, we will coach him very hard. He is doing an individual period with the coaches at the moment.

The Ravens put guard Ben Cleveland on the non-football-related injured reserve on Wednesday and signed receiver Bailey Gaither.

Star quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is still without a contract beyond this season, was in practice. He missed the start of camp last season due to a positive COVID-19 test. It didn’t seem like a setback as he was playing well at the start of the season, but Jackson was also hit by the injury bug when an ankle problem kept him out of the final four games.

Jackson won’t have one of his best receiving goals from last year after the Ravens traded Marquise Brown during the offseason. Second-year wide receiver Rashod Bateman, a 2021 first-round pick, has a chance at a bigger role. He also missed time at the start of last season due to groin problems, but caught 46 passes in 12 games.

The Ravens haven’t made any major receiver additions after the departures of Brown and Sammy Watkins.

“It shows that the coaches trust us, trust our abilities, trust our work and they trust what we’ve done and what they’ve seen,” Bateman said. “We’re really looking forward to showing it off.”

The Ravens’ first exhibition game is Aug. 11 against Tennessee. Baltimore has won 20 straight preseason games, although keeping players healthy is obviously more important than that.

Harbaugh said he has yet to fully determine his approach to this year’s preseason games.

“We’ll continue to consider what’s best for our team and what’s best for the regular season, and prepare the guys,” Harbaugh said. “I have a number of guys that I don’t think I play with, who want to play. I can tell you that. We’ll see where we are when the time comes. »

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