ny as he stepped onto the practice field Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center. He had the same company when he stepped off the field after practice too.
Walking alongside Rice was his backfield chauffeur Vonta Leach back in a Ravens uniform.
After a seven-week hiatus from the team following his release Leach and the Ravens agreed to a two-year deal Monday. Wednesday marked Leach's first practice since rejoining the team.
Leach was right back to where he usually is — next to Rice.
"It's like I never left" Leach said after practice.
When the Ravens terminated Leach's contract June 11 Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said that the organization would remain in contact with the fullback and could bring him back later in the offseason or during training camp. A reunion appeared unlikely when Leach visited the Miami Dolphins less than 48 hours after he was let go by the Ravens.
Leach called it a frustrating process but said he has no hard feelings.
"I've been cut I've been released probably five or six times in my career so I've seen it all done it all" Leach said. "It's just part of the business and unfortunately I know first hand.
"I'm just happy to be back and whatever I got to do in whatever role I have on this team this year I'll be ready for it."
The return of the three-time Pro Bowl fullback to the backfield means a role reduction for rookie Kyle Juszczyk. Juszczyk said he still expects to be on the field Sundays.
"I felt like Vonta coming back is good for this team" Juszczyk said. "Vonta is a great player he's a great blocker and he's going to help this running game a lot. For myself he's somebody I can learn from and as far as having two fullbacks we're two different players and we can find roles for both us."
Juszczyk is a more mobile pass-catching fullback while Leach is considered one of the top lead blockers in the NFL.