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Uncertainty created by the lockout last year caused some teams, including the Ravens, to scrap their plans to host training camp elsewhere, but the Ravens opted to stay at home again this summer after their experience in 2011.

Chester did notice extra opportunities to connect with his Baltimore teammates when they were away.

“If you get a night off and want to go eat dinner, you have to go with your teammates,” he said. “There’s no one else to go with. You can’t go home to your family or anything.”

He paused, contemplating the grueling sessions that begin late next month.

“Not that many of us have the energy to do things like that,” he said.