Harewood Finally Returns To Practice

The second-year tackle was happy to get his first real work in a long time.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, August 14th, 2011 at 10:05 am | Categories: 2011 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

The Ravens got some extra help for their offensive tackle group with the return of Ramon Harewood for Saturday’s practice.
 
Harewood had been on the physically unable to perform list since the beginning of training camp, but the 2010 sixth-round draft pick said he is ready to participate in his first sessions since undergoing surgeries on both knees in last year’s camp.
 
“It was my first practice in almost a year. I can’t even explain how I felt. I was a little anxious, but after that first period, I was full-go,” said Harewood.
 
“It felt good. My knees didn’t give me any trouble. In fact, they felt great.”
 
Harewood played with a brace on his right knee, but doesn’t think wearing it will limit his development.
 
“It’s more insurance,” Harewood said of the knee.  “Right now, it’s better to be safe than sorry. I don’t think it hinders me, so I’ll play with it until I feel secure enough to take it off.
 
“Actually, I’m not even sore right now. I’ll ice it and see how it goes from there, but we’ll just have to see.”
 
The 6-foot-6, 340-pounder out of Morehouse should add depth at a position that doesn’t have a lot of experience.  The Ravens currently have Oniel Cousins and rookie Jah Reid competing for their starting right tackle position, and Harewood’s name could be thrown into that mix.
 
To move up the depth chart, Harewood said he was told by former Ravens tackle Orlando Brown to let his nasty side show more.
 
The native of Barbados admitted that his island personality may have carried over to his on-field performance.
 
“I guess he was talking to somebody here, and I guess that was something that they told him, that I’m just laid-back on and off the field,” said Harewood.  “He told me that’s half the battle right there. If you bring a little edge to the field, that dude across from you might think twice. I think I brought a little bit of edge today, and I’ll keep taking steps forward.
 
“I’m always going to be me, but I can put on a game face, too.”

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