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Starters Expected To Go One Quarter

John Harbaugh has a good idea of who will play and for how long Thursday vs. Carolina.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, August 9th, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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While Ravens fans โ€“ and the rest of ESPN nation โ€“ will see Baltimore’s amped-up squad during Thursday’s home preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers, don’t expect to see the first-squad for too long.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said he doesn’t expect the starters to play more than one quarter.

“We’ve got the parameters for [playing time], and then we’ll do it specifically player by player tonight and tomorrow and work it all out,” Harbaugh said. “But, it’ll be standard to what you see in the preseason โ€“ the starters will play no more than a quarter, and just kind of work it from there.”

Typically, the starters see about a quarter in each of the first two preseason games, then get the most action (perhaps a half) in the third contest. They see the least time (if any at all) in the fourth and final preseason game.

Harbaugh said some starters will see more time than others.

“There will be starters that will play more, that need it more, and there will be starters that will play less that we feel like need it less,” Harbaugh said. “So, it’ll all be based on individual basis as far as who takes how many reps.”

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