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Ravens opt to practice before meeting about social justice

Teams taking a stand after recent shooting

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens players gathered in a large circle just before 9 a.m., and moments later, they took their usual spots for stretching.

The team opted to practice before meeting in the afternoon to discuss their next steps regarding social justice issues in the wake of the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. 

Blake was shot several times by Kenosha police with the video captured on cellphone. The incident sparked protests in the town and elsewhere. 

The Ravens' scheduled post-practice media session with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, defensive coordinator Don Martindale and spec teams coordinator Chris Horton were also canceled. 

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The NBA already postponed playoff games and other professional athletes are taking action by sitting out as a means of protest. 

The Ravens players have been proactively taking a stand for equality this offseason with several players calling for change on social media. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley promised to help bring about change in Baltimore City. 

In June, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and several players delivered a powerful message on social media calling for an end to social injustice. The players also posted a video on social media calling for racial equality. 

"To say 'stick to sports' is the worst possible thing that you can feel and say," Bisciotti said. "If my players, both white and black, don't speak out about this injustice to their communities, then they're sellouts or hypocrites. If I don't defend my players, then I'm the worst kind of hypocrite."

The Ravens could release a statement later in the day about practice scheduled for Aug. 28.