With the preseason in the rearview mirror and the roster finalized, the Ravens are finally ready for the games to count for real.
The team went through its first practice of the regular season on Wednesday. For the first time in eight long months, it’s go time.
“There's nothing like opening day and live bullets,” said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. “It's going to be exciting.”
Game number one of the 2016 Ravens regular season sees the Buffalo Bills come to town this Sunday.
“It's finally here. Get through training camp, the preseason as healthy as you can be and now it's upon us,” said new Ravens safety Eric Weddle. “We have an unbelievable challenge ahead of us in Buffalo.”
Quarterback Joe Flacco is over the knee injury he suffered last November and poised to command the huddle once again.
“It's been almost a year. It feels like it has been. It was definitely a tough process - watching all of your teammates go out there and play. I'm really excited about getting back out there, feeling part of the group and really getting after it,” said Flacco.
Call Wednesday just the beginning of another regular season work week for running back Justin Forsett. But the last few days for the veteran have been anything but. He explained what it felt like to be released by the Ravens on Saturday just to be re-signed by the team a couple days later.
“I was very much in the loop. We decided to go with the trial separation. During that time we realized that we're better together. We came back and made it work,” joked Forsett.
He confirmed the unorthodox release was always the Ravens plan with him so the team could do some roster maneuvering. Forsett was on-board and trusted the organization fully.
In other news, linebacker Elvis Dumervil said he won’t play in Sunday’s opener. He had a minor setback in his recovery from offseason foot surgery.