Marshal Yanda Dealing With a Shoulder Injury, Not Ankle
When Ravens Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda landed on the Ravens' physically unable to perform (PUP) list at the start of training camp, it was presumed that the team was easing him in after a broken ankle wiped out nearly all of his 2017 season.
Turns out that Yanda's ankle is just fine, but he's dealing with a different injury.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that Yanda had a shoulder procedure done early this offseason (January or February), which will keep him sidelined for now.
Harbaugh said there's no timetable other than "no hurry." He expects Yanda to be ready for Week 1.
"I think if we were playing a game, he probably could play, as tough as he is," Harbaugh said. "But we're probably going to be very cautious with that and do what's best to get him ready for September."
Yanda is a six-time Pro Bowler who has missed just five games in the seven previous seasons until last year. However, this isn't his first shoulder procedure.
With Yanda sidelined, the Ravens used James Hurst at right guard and rookie third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. at right tackle with the first-team offense.
Jimmy Smith Participates in 11-on-11 Drills
Cornerback Jimmy Smith participated in 11-on-11 drills in the first full-team training camp practice, which is a very strong sign that he should be ready to play in the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
The fact that Smith got on the field during minicamp at all surprised many. Being a full participant at the start of camp may be even more stunning.
Smith suffered his torn Achilles on Dec. 3. That means he's back to playing football just seven months and 16 days later.
"I don't know if Jimmy's like half-Wolverine, but the dude is healed up [in] half the time than normal, regular human beings with an Achilles," safety Eric Weddle said in June.
Ravens Pass Conditioning Test, But Two Rookies Out
It seems every year, somebody is missing at the start of training camp because they didn't pass the Ravens' grueling conditioning test.
This year, there wasn't one absence because of that, but there are still some players (other than Yanda) missing from practice because of injuries, including a pair of rookies.
Third-round tight end Mark Andrews has a "tissue issue" and sixth-round offensive tackle Greg Senat suffered an unspecified injury during minicamp that will sideline him for one to three more weeks, per Harbaugh.
The Ravens have five players on the PUP list at the start of camp: Yanda, wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (leg), linebacker Bam Bradley (knee), tight end Vince Mayle (??) and cornerback Jaylen Hill (knee).
Defensive end Brent Urban (Lisfranc), inside linebacker Albert McClellan (knee) and cornerback Maurice Canady (??) were all practicing Thursday.
No Update on C.J. Mosley's Contract
Linebacker C.J. Mosley was once again asked if there's any update on potential contract extension negotiations between his agent and the Ravens.
And once again, Mosley had no new information and didn't seem worried about it.
"Next time I have my media day, I'll make sure to talk to my agent and see what we got," Mosley said with a smile.
"I got here yesterday and got to work, so that's what it's all about. Whether something works out or not [with my contract], I still have an obligation to be the guy in the middle making plays and making calls. That's my job."
While other 2014 first-round picks looking for contract extensions have held out this offseason, Mosley has participated in all voluntary and involuntary workouts.
That's been especially critical for the Ravens and Mosley this offseason because of all the changes new Defensive Coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale has made to the Ravens' scheme and language, which has given players more freedom.
"You have to be in the playbook a lot more now," Mosley said. "It gives the veterans and guys on the field [the chance] to be more diverse."