Four Players Return To Facility

Derrick Mason and a few other Ravens came out to Owings Mills Friday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

As of lunchtime on Friday, four Ravens players had stopped by team headquarters on the first day they could use club facilities since the NFL’s lockout began

In addition to wideout Derrick Mason, cornerback Domonique Foxworth, defensive end Cory Redding and offensive tackle Ramon Harewood came to the castle in Owings Mills, Md.

“It’s not weird being back,” Mason said. “Honestly, if you look at it, we didn’t miss that much time. Guys would be trickling in mid-March to work. We haven’t missed much. If things stay status quo, we can stay on schedule.”

The league released a statement on Thursday that allowed clubs to resume offseason programs while the league awaits a ruling on their request of a stay from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As of Friday afternoon, several reports stated that the Circuit Court had granted an “administrative” stay through the weekend before the players can offer their rebuttal on Monday.

Ramon Harewood works out Friday at the Castle

So with a limited window of opportunity, Mason and the other Ravens in attendance took advantage of their ability to speak with coaches, receive treatment and work out.

As of now, the Ravens plan on officially beginning their voluntary offseason program on Monday.

“I’m sure guys will be trickling in here next week,” said Mason, who worked with team trainers. “We’ll hit the ground running. There’s no walking. We’re trying to get this thing going quickly. You want to make sure you stay in condition because this is your job. You’re your own business. You have to take care of yourself.”

Redding, who remains optimistic that owners and players can reach a new collective bargaining agreement, said he did some light running but did not lift any weights.

“I’ve been doing whatever I can to continue to break a sweat,” said Redding. “I did enough to stay in shape, and that’s important. I want to play football, and in order to do that, I need to keep my end of the bargain, and that’s to stay in shape.”

Harewood was in the Mason camp. Rehabbing from two surgically-repaired knees, the 2010 rookie was eager to get back in the training room.

Harewood, who recently spent two weeks in his native Barbados, said he can run at this point but isn’t ready to participate in any minicamps.

“I can move. I have all my range back, but it’s still healing,” Harewood said. “I don’t want to put any pressure on it that I don’t need to. I can do drills and run around and stuff, but no contact.”

Foxworth, a member of the decertified NFL Players Association’s Executive Committee, declined to speak with reporters.

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