Unhappy with the hard artificial turf at Tulane University's baseball field, the Baltimore Ravens will hold their main practice Thursday at the Saints' facility instead.
The San Francisco 49ers, their opponent in Sunday's Super Bowl, already are training at the Saints' complex in nearby Metairie.
Because Tulane has broken ground on a new football stadium, the AFC champions were forced to practice in the outfield of the baseball facility Wednesday. Coach John Harbaugh, star linebacker Ray Lewis and several other players said it was ''hard on the legs.''
After the Ravens approached the league about practicing on grass, the NFL arranged for them to follow the 49ers at the Saints training fields. But Baltimore will hold a walkthrough at Tulane first.
''It's a baseball field, it's really tight, and when you stop and start, you feel it,'' Lewis said. ''It's especially tough for the older guys. I know the other players, on that hard surface, they feel it.
''I don't think (the NFL) tho...