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Mason Reverses Field, Will Return to the Ravens

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Wide receiver Derrick Mason has changed his mind about retirement and will play for the Baltimore Ravens this season.

The Ravens announced Mason's decision after he'd met with Coach John Harbaugh and General Manager Ozzie Newsome at the team's training camp Saturday.

Mason is to be on the practice field Sunday, the Ravens announced.

Mason announced his retirement last month but Harbaugh indicated after a recent conversation with Mason he remained hopeful that the veteran wideout would play this season.

"It was a tough decision, but I think it was a good decision for me to come back," Mason said in a written statement issued Saturday and posted on the team's Web site. "I needed to evaluate my life, football and my career. The last several weeks thinking about it and talking with my family was an important time for me and them."

Mason has topped 1,000 receiving yards in seven of the last eight seasons. He had 80 catches for 1,037 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Patriots: No to Vick

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said during a radio interview Saturday that the team doesn't have any plans to sign quarterback Michael Vick.

Kraft told Sirius satellite radio that the Patriots don't need another quarterback to go with Tom Brady, according to an account of the interview in the Boston Herald.

"For us, that's an academic problem," Kraft told Sirius, according to the Herald account, "because we've got the number one player in the world at that position, as far as I'm concerned. Why would be want to do anything that would take [Brady] off the field for one play?"

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick had declined to rule out the possibility of signing Vick when asked about it during a news conference Friday.

Vikings' Jackson Hurt

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson hurt his left knee during the Minnesota Vikings' practice Saturday, according to reports.

According to the reports, Jackson fell over defensive tackle Letroy Guion during a drill.


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