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Eric Weddle may keep beard trimmed to nick personal playoff drought

Ravens safety Eric Weddle, at minicamp this week, hasn't decided whether to let his signature beard grow out again. Courtesy of Baltimore Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- At the end of this week's minicamp, it was pointed out to Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle that teammate Marshal Yanda's bushy beard was already in mid-season form.

“He looks good, doesn’t he?," Weddle said. "I can catch him, in like a month."

Weddle hasn't yet grown out his signature beard this offseason. He might not do it for the regular season either.

"I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do," he said. "It’s been three years since I haven’t made the playoffs, so I’m thinking about sacrificing for the team. It’s not a selfish desire, growing a beard, but maybe I need to not have the beard, and it’ll bring us more wins."

Weddle began growing out the beard at the start of the 2013 season in honor of his father, Steven Weddle, who had a similar beard in his younger years. The Chargers advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs in his first year with the beard, and he had pledged to keep it until the Chargers reached the Super Bowl.

That all changed after his acrimonious split with the team in January 2016, when he shaved his signature facial hair off. Weddle did let it grow during his first season with the Ravens before trimming it again in January. His wife hates the beard, so he groomed it for her as an early birthday gift.

Weddle's big, thick beard has become his distinguishing feature, often protruding from the bottom of his helmet. His twitter account is even named "weddlesbeard."

Could a new look actually bring him new luck?

"It’s still up for debate," Weddle said, "because I know people want it back, but it’s about the team."