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John Harbaugh, Ravens Trying To Treat London Trip Like Any Other Game

September 18, 2017
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team will do its best to treat this week like any other week as the Ravens prepare to travel to London and face the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium Sept. 24, and he expressed little concern over the spate of terrorist attacks in London this year.

The team will practice at its Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md., on Wednesday and Thursday as usual, then will fly to London overnight, arriving Friday morning. The Ravens are scheduled to practice at the Hazelwood rugby facility on Friday, a site that has been used by past NFL teams playing in London, and then will return to Baltimore immediately after the game.

The NFL has some promotional events planned as part of its London Series, but Harbaugh said he does not expect to have much time for sightseeing.  

"We're excited about playing the football game," Harbaugh said at his weekly news conference Sept. 18, a day after the Ravens' 24-10 win against Cleveland. "We can't really say we honestly care where we play.

"We're both playing in London. We're playing against the Jaguars. They got to get over there as well, so we're going over there to win a football game, that's it." 

The Jaguars (1-1) lost to the Tennessee Titans, 37-16, in Week 2. The Ravens will be facing the Jaguars for the fourth year in a row, but this will mark the Ravens first game as part of the NFL's London Series. 

Harbaugh dismissed any security concerns in light of terrorism incidents that have hit London this year. Just last week, a bomb on a crowded commuter train injured more than two dozen people.

"You got to go live your life," Harbaugh said. "We're not going to be cowed. ... We're going to go do our thing. That's what liberty and freedom's all about. That's what we believe in, that's what we fight for. We're not backing down from that."

NOTEBOOK

INJURY UPDATES: Harbaugh said guard Marshal Yanda will have surgery to repair the ankle fracture he sustained against the Browns, and had already announced that Yanda is out for the season. Harbaugh had no update on defensive tackle Brandon Williams, who left the Cleveland game with a foot injury, but said it was not a long-term injury. There was also no update on tight end Maxx Williams, who was wearing a walking boot on his left foot after the game. 

CARR IS 'UNDERRATED': Harbaugh called cornerback Brandon Carr, who has two interceptions in two games with the Ravens, an "underrated corner in this league. He has been for a long time. He's big, he's physical, he does it with great technique, he's got exceptional ball skills. ... He finds the ball." Carr made his 146th straight start Sept. 18, the longest active streak in the league among defensive players. 

COLLINS IMPRESSED: Harbaugh said he was impressed with running back Alex Collins, who ran for 42 yards on seven carries during his Ravens debut but lost a fumble. "When you play well, you earn more playing time," Harbaugh said. "He's capable of making guys miss. ... He showed that."

ELUEMUNOR MAKING STRIDES: Rookie offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor is sure to generate a lot of attention this week given the Texas A&M product is a London native who moved to the United States at age 14. Eluemunor has yet to make his regular-season debut, a game-day inactive in both games thus far, but Harbaugh said he has made steady progress as a rookie, acknowledging he was "pretty raw" when the Ravens made him a fifth-round draft pick. "He's come 500 miles ... He's about ready to play football for us," Harbaugh said. 

RAVENS ADD SAFETY TO PRACTICE SQUAD: The Ravens have added safety Ronald Martin to the practice squad. Undrafted out of LSU, Martin originally signed with the Seattle Seahawks, then spent the 2015-16 seasons with the New York Jets, bouncing between the active roster and the practice squad. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in August and cut earlier this month. Martin appeared in 11 games with the Jets.

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