The Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens will meet for a training camp scrimmage on Aug. 6 at M&T Bank Stadium, 26 days before they will face each other in Baltimore in the fourth and final preseason game, the teams announced yesterday.
The Redskins have not played a game in Baltimore since an August 1981 preseason game against the Baltimore Colts.
The Redskins used to scrimmage the Pittsburgh Steelers on a regular basis. This, however, will be the Redskins' first preseason scrimmage since 2000, when they hosted the Ravens at FedEx Field in a game that ended shortly after it began because of a thunderstorm.
"I think that's going to be excellent work for us," Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs said. "They've got a good day's work lined up for us and I think it will be a good workout. Obviously, they're a very physical [team], and we've got a lot of respect for them and it works out because we're neighbors here."
Gibbs said the Redskins and Ravens have been discussing the scrimmage for a while and were able to settle on a day.
Ravens Coach Brian Billick said that this is an arrangement he would consider repeating again in the future.
"Because of the nature of training camp and the four preseason games, you have to be careful who you do it with," Billick said. "You have to make sure you both want to get the same things out of it. I'm very comfortable with the approach Joe [Gibbs] wants to take, and we've gone back and forth to set the format that we're both very comfortable with."
Tickets are available through the Ravens' ticket office (410-261-7283): $12 for adults and $7 for children. The scrimmage begins at noon.
-- Camille Powell and Jason La Canfora