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Howard jumps into starting role in long-awaited first Ravens practice

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

BALTIMORE -- Austin Howard waited eight days after signing with the Baltimore Ravens to participate in his first practice with the team.

The Ravens did not waste any time getting him into the first-team offense.

Howard lined up at right tackle with the starters in Saturday's practice after being cleared by trainers. It's been an unusual delay for Howard, who signed a three-year, $15 million contract Aug. 4 after being released by the Oakland Raiders.

"Ive been itching to get back out here," Howard said. "It was a great day today, a great day to get back out there and be with the team and just step on the field. So it was a good day. Anybody is going to have a little rust. It's just working through that and getting to know this offense and getting to know this team and getting to know the group I will be with."

Howard's arrival was timely. Baltimore has lost three offensive linemen -- Alex Lewis (shoulder) and Nico Siragusa (knee) were injured and John Urschel retired -- since the start of training camp.

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