DeAngelo Tyson misses practice for jury duty

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has heard a lot of reasons why a player or coach had to miss practice, but backup defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson provided him with a new one.

Tyson served jury duty on Thursday instead of prepping for the Ravens' most important game of the year.

"That’s a first," Harbaugh said. "What can I say about it? I'm not in charge of jury duty."

Tyson was picked for a jury in a civil case involving a car accident. The jury found the plaintiff was not injured in the collision.

Teammates ribbed Tyson for his absence, saying "Did you give him life? and "How about life with no chance of parole?"

"I think it’s a task that you have to do when you get called," Tyson said. "It was an opportunity to experience how juries are able to convict a case. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t. I don’t want to be the one to give someone a sentence or anything like that. Luckily, it wasn’t that kind of case."

The Ravens (7-5) play at the Miami Dolphins (7-5) on Sunday in what is considered by many as a must-win for both teams. Tyson, who has been inactive the past three games, is expected to play a larger role after defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was suspended four games.

Harbaugh was asked if anyone suggested to Tyson that he request a change of date for jury duty. An accepted excuse will likely set your next jury summons back at least a year.

"You have to talk to whoever's in charge of jury duty in our organization," Harbaugh said.