"Joe got the call this morning," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Obviously, the labor started, and Joe was high-tailing up the road to Philly to be with Dana. We wish them nothing but the best. They don't know if it's going to be a boy or a girl, so we're all going to find out."
With Flacco at the hospital, second-year quarterback Tyrod Taylor ran the first-team offense. He had an up-and-down afternoon, tossing a few touchdown passes in 11-on-11 drills, including one to Anquan Boldin. But several passes were tipped and a few intercepted, including one that Jimmy Smith ran down the sidelines before pitching the ball to Lardarius Webb, who scored.
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Free safety Ed Reed missed another day of minicamp, and his coach still hasn't heard from him. But after appearing frustrated by Reed's absence Tuesday, Harbaugh downplayed his absence Wednesday.
"I haven't, not to make too much out of it," Harbaugh said when asked if Reed had called. "I have tremendous respect for Ed. I have used the word 'admiration.' I am not worried about Ed being ready."
The excused absences included offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, center Matt Birk, defensive end Pernell McPhee, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, and running back Bernard Pierce, who, in the words of Harbaugh, "tweaked" his hamstring during Tuesday's workout.
Running back Ray Rice did not attend.
Jackson excited to be back
Rookie cornerback Asa Jackson, a fifth-round draft pick out of Cal Poly, has been back with the team after missing all three weeks of voluntary team activities as he finished up spring classes.
"It was kind of nice to be home with my family, but it was real hard for me because I wanted to be out here with my teammates, getting all the reps that I could," said Jackson, who also excelled as a return specialist in college. "Even though I had my playbook with me, it's not the same. … I'm really happy to be back. The live bullets are tough, but that's what going to help."
Jackson, who attended last month's rookie minicamp, will be in the mix at cornerback, but he will have to contribute on special teams to make the 53-man roster out of training camp.
Wide receiver Jacoby Jones landed awkwardly on his right leg and left practice early. … The Ravens waived wide receiver Rodney Bradley and linebacker Cody Glenn. … Linebacker Michael McAdoo cleared waivers, allowing him to be placed on injured reserve. … Rookie wide receivers Tommy Streeter and Deonte Thompson made impressive touchdown grabs near the end of the practice. … Rice will have his high school number, No. 5, retired by the City School District of New Rochelle (N.Y.) on Saturday. … Wide receiver Torrey Smith, former Ravens kicker Matt Stover and Baltimore native Antonio Freeman will speak at the NFL's rookie symposium later this month. … Smith will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday's Orioles game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Camden Yards. … Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar attended Wednesday's practice.