NEW ORLEANS—Two key starters nursing injuries for the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens, linebacker
It’s unlikely that either player will miss the Super Bowl. Pitta has a thigh injury but moved freely during the workout. Ellerbe, who starts next to
While the NFC champ 49ers worked out at the Saints’ facility across town in Metairie, the Ravens practiced for one hour and 55 minutes on a makeshift 80-yard field stretching across the FieldTurf outfield, from foul pole to foul pole, at Tulane’s Greer Field baseball diamond. And while the Niners worked out inside the Saints’ indoor facility to prepare for a game that will be played in a wind-free domed stadium, Baltimore’s passing game—with deep-throwing quarterback
Baltimore had the option of working out at the Saints’ indoor facility late in the afternoon or early Wednesday evening, after the 49ers finished their work. That would have negated the impact of the wind. But Harbaugh said he and the players preferred to practice on schedule in mid-afternoon.
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“We had a great practice,’’ said coach John Harbaugh as his players left the field late Wednesday afternoon. “We didn’t like the wind, but we got all of our work done. Spirits are high. They looked great.’’
“Our players are upbeat and happy,’’ said Harbaugh. “They don’t complain about anything.”
On hand to watch practice was the CBS game and pre-game crew, including Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, who exchanged warm greetings with Ray Lewis and several coaches and members of the organization. The league allows the TV crew doing the game to observe one afternoon of practice for each team during the practice week.
The Ravens will resume practice Thursday afternoon at Tulane.