RAVENS NOTEBOOK: Following bye everyone practices

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OWINGS MILLS — Every player participated in some level of practice Monday, according to Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

That includes quarterback Joe Flacco, who was sidelined last week with a sprained, swollen right ankle after getting his left foot stepped on by Jared Allen during a 33-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

“He looked sharp, he’s fine,” Harbaugh said. “You guys will see him in practice on Wednesday. He’s Joe.”

The only other injury concern for the Ravens is offensive tackle Jared Gaither, who has missed the past two games with a neck injury.

Gaither said last week that he’s 100 percent certain that he’ll return Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Harbaugh declined to specify whether Gaither would return to his left tackle position or if he would be shifted to right tackle given how rookie Michael Oher has fared in two starts on the left side.

The Broncos feature the NFL sacks leader in Elvis Dumervil, who has 10 sacks for the season

“All things are possible,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to play our guys in the position that we think gives us the best advantage against guys like [Dumervil] and the rest of the Broncos. It’s a fast, aggressive defense, and they present a lot of challenges.”

SPITTING IMAGE: Under new coach Josh McDaniels, the Broncos are definitely built in the mold of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

That includes the sartorial choices of McDaniels, the former Patriots offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“Josh is wearing a sweatshirt, right, with the cutoff sleeves like Bill,” Harbaugh said. “So, that’s a similarity. Their teams are very similar. The defensive structure is very different, and that’s a reflection of Mike Nolan.

“Offensively, they’re very similar to what they’ve been in New England the last few years. Josh was the offensive coordinator there, so he was a huge part of what’s been accomplished over the last few years. He’s applied that really well to the personnel that they have in Denver, and we see a lot of carryover there.”

QUICK HITS: Harbaugh, 47, said it didn’t faze him when the Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired young coaches in McDaniels and Raheem Morris. “I didn’t really react to it age-wise,” he said. “You’re happy for guys to get an opportunity.” … Harbaugh estimated that 75 percent of the players spent part of the bye week working out at the team’s training complex. “Even through the weekend after we kind of mandated some time off, I still saw guys in here,” Harbaugh said. … Harbaugh hasn’t spoken with cornerback Samari Rolle, who remains on the physically unable to perform list with a neck injury expected to end his career. … The Ravens held a player development seminar with former Baltimore Colts player Joe Ehrmann.

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