Full Flock Travels to NE

The Ravens took their entire team on the wild-card trip to New England.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, January 9th, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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On most road trips, the Ravens typically bring only those players with a chance to take the field for that weekend’s game.

In some cases, a practice-squadder tags along if there are depth concerns at a particular position due to an injury on the active roster.

But upon heading to Providence, R.I., for Sunday’s wild-card battle with the New England Patriots, the Ravens traveled their entire team, from all 53 active players, eight developmental guys and a few members of Baltimore’s extensive Injured Reserve list, including tackle Adam Terry (knee), linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (knee) and linebacker Jason Phillips (knee).

It seems that the Ravens want everyone who helped the team get to this point to join the playoff hoopla.

This week, though, the charter flight was packed ever tighter than the extra bodies would allow.

A normal setup would have each coach, player and staff-member on the plane with an open seat and an aisle on either side of them – except in first class, where team officials like president Dick Cass, general manager Ozzie Newsome, head coach John Harbaugh and senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne sit, along with key veterans such as linebacker Ray Lewis.

But during the week leading up to departure from Baltimore/Washington International Airport, the Ravens’ regular plane was already booked for international travel, so a smaller charter was called in that had between 20-30 less seats, according to one flight attendant.

Basically, that meant some of us in the back were scrunched up more than usual, and a few rows of players had to double up.

Check out a photo gallery from the trip.

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