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Ravens practice canceled in favor of team-building activity

The Ravens' practice Wednesday was scrapped in favor of a walkthrough and trip to the movies to see Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in "Lucy."

After the walkthrough, which ended around 12:45 p.m., the team was given 15 minutes to shower and load onto buses for the AMC Owings Mills 17 theater.

"We had two really good practices the last two days, and it's been a camp where these guys really have pushed it," coach John Harbaugh said. "1/8Tuesday3/8 was a very long practice, so 1/8Wednesday3/8 we focused on the mental part of it. Assignments, alignments, communications and techniques of what we're trying to accomplish.

"It was a third-down day, blitz day, so we got a lot done and we're happy with where we're at and we're trying to get them off their legs a little bit 1/8Wednesday3/8."

Harbaugh said the movie was chosen unanimously by the team's seven-player leadership council, which includes quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receivers Torrey Smith and Steve Smith, nose tackle Haloti Ngata, inside linebacker Daryl Smith, offensive guard Marshal Yanda, and punter Sam Koch.

"I stayed out of it," Harbaugh said.

The leadership council met after practice Tuesday, though it's unclear whether the decision to give them the day off was made at that meeting.

"One thing we try to do ... we really try to involve our players in everything we're doing," Harbaugh said. "That's part of the process. It's their team, in the end. They're the guys out there playing the game. They end up being huge leaders, especially by example, and those guys have done that."

The Ravens will practice Thursday and have a walkthrough Friday ahead of Saturday's third preseason game against the Redskins.

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