There was a mysterious No. 71 out at Ravens practice today.
No, the Ravens didn't make a trade. They didn't pick up a new practice squad player.
Ladies and gentlemen, believe it or not, Jared Gaither is back. No pun intended.
It's been nearly eight weeks since Gaither last participated in practice; a thoracic disc injury in his back has kept him off the practice fields since then. But today, the Ravens' offensive tackle was out in uniform with his teammates, taking part in drills.
He wasn't practicing with the first-team, he appeared to be limited in his movements, and he still looks pretty thin for an offensive tackle. But Gaither returning is a good sign for the Ravens.
Meanwhile, running back Ray Rice, who suffered a "significant" knee contusion, according to head coach John Harbaugh, came out at the end of practice without his helmet.
He didn't appear to be walking with a limp, but he had a sleeve on his right knee and it sure doesn't look like Rice will take part in practice today.
"We'll just see how it goes from day to day," head coach John Harbaugh said when asked about Rice earlier today. "There's a chance for the rest of the week, and we'll how he feels on Sunday. I'm not trying to avoid the question, although I probably wouldn't answer it anyway, but the truth is you don't know."