The NFL announced Wednesday that it will be utilizing a new Pro Bowl format, doing away with an AFC-NFC showdown in favor of a fantasy draft.
Among the other changes is no more kickoffs - perhaps to address player safety - with a coin toss determining initial possession. The ball will be placed at the 25-yard line after scores and at the start of each quarter.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh provided some thoughts on the shakeup.
“I had no idea they were talking about doing this,” he said. “Special teams coach, he can bring his family out there and have a nice vacation. ...
“It sounds interesting. It sounds like a lot of fun. Whoever coaches out there, you’ve got to watch your players and hope your guy picks the best players.”
Harbaugh also provided updates on a few dinged up players, as well as left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has opened training camp dealing with weight issues.
Seventh-round cornerback Marc Anthony is dealing with a shoulder strain, but Harbaugh said it isn’t serious and he’ll be back soon.
Fourth-year offensive lineman Ramon Harewood went to see a doctor about his knee. He will get an injection, but isn’t expected to miss any time.
Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda still hasn’t been a full participant in training camp, but Harbaugh isn’t concerned and provided a sunny outlook.
“We have a pretty good idea (when he’ll be back). We don’t want to put an exact date on him, but it’ll be in the training camp,” Harbaugh said. “We’re not in a rush with him. He’s very much on schedule. He’s doing certain things, he does things in the morning. ... He’s doing very well.”
Harbaugh also added an assessment of McKinnie.
“Bryant gets better every day. He made it through the whole practice, looked good at the end of practice,” Harbaugh said. “He’s still got a little ways to go and he’s doing just great.”