OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens appear to have benefited from the time off they received during their bye week.

The players returned to practice Monday, and according to coach John Harbaugh they worked “hard and with a lot of enthusiasm.”

Harbaugh hopes the bye week rejuvenated the defending Super Bowl champions, who are 3-4 and now trail Cincinnati by 2 1/2 games in the AFC North.

Harbaugh says the time off “was a plus for us, and I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond in terms of how we play.”

Baltimore can get to .500 with a win over Cleveland on Sunday.

There was a new face at practice Monday. The Ravens signed former Bengals running back Bernard Scott, who will serve as a backup to Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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