OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo is currently on the Training Camp Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) as he recovers from a torn quadriceps tendon he suffered during the 2009 season.
It doesn’t appear as though the former Pro Bowler will be activated any time soon.
Head Coach John Harbaugh admitted Wednesday he was “less confident now at this time” that Ayanbadejo would be available early in the 2010 season. Harbaugh conceded that “the fact that he hasn’t been able to practice all through Camp means it’s probably pushed back to some extent.”
Harbaugh said the 8th year Special Teams ace out of UCLA is working out and training, but practice is the “main work” necessary to get ready for the season. According to Harbaugh, the team will have to make a decision in “the next week” regarding Ayanbadejo’s status for the start of the season.
As far as Ayanbadejo is concerned, the decision is all but made.
When asked whether he’d be ready for the Sept. 13 opener against the New York Jets, Ayanbadejo said “there’s still a slight chance, but I doubt it.” He admitted it was “most likely” he’d begin the season on the PUP list. “Coming back after Week 6 looks like it’s more likely what the scenario is going to be.”
Ayanbadejo appeared frustrated with the healing process, adding “some days I feel great and then go out there and the next day don’t feel as good.”
Ayanbadejo suffered the injury during a loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough Week 4 of last season. National Football Post reported he had a minor procedure in August to help accelerate the healing process.
Ayanbadejo is not the only tricky roster decision the Ravens face; as multiple players like Jared Gaither, Lardarius Webb and others could miss Week 1 but might not be forced to miss 6 weeks.
“It’s gonna be a tough decision” said the coach. “We’re just gonna have to balance out their progress with the other players that we have available to play and try to do what’s best for the team for the first 6 or 7 weeks of the season.”
KNEE ISSUE FOR CODY: Rookie DT Terrence Cody missed practice Tuesday (and was not present again Wednesday) with what Harbaugh described as “bursa (sac) swelling” and a “slight issue in the cartilage on the outside” of his knee.
Harbaugh said the injury wouldn’t require surgery, and Cody can “definitely get through the season” with the injury.
Cody believes he can return to practice tomorrow and “should be” on the field Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens square off with the New York Giants. He said he’s been “icing” the knee for the last two days and keeping a compression wrap on it. Cody was optimistic that the injury wouldn’t linger this season.
“I feel (like) it might go away” said the former Alabama Crimson Tide defender. “I already feel like it’s getting better.”
NINE RAVENS NOT PRACTICING: Aside from Cody, DT Brandon McKinney (knee), WR Demetrius Williams (ankle), OL Daniel Sanders (shoulder), OT Oniel Cousins (concussion), OL David Hale (tailbone) CB Marcus Paschal (leg) and WR Eron Riley (unknown) were not present or not participating during the portion of practice open to the media.
Ayanbadejo, S Ed Reed, RB Matt Lawrence and LB Sergio Kindle remain on the PUP list.
- Harbaugh reiterated that while Kindle could return to play for the Ravens this season, they “don’t know” whether or not he will. “It’s just a matter of how fast the neurologists look at that stuff and clear him to play” according to the coach. He added “I wouldn’t rule it out.”
- Harbaugh declined to share his opinion on potential NFL 18 game schedule; an issue owners are currently discussing in Atlanta. He did say he had discussed the topic with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti
- Hear from Harbaugh, Cody, Ayanbadejo, QB Marc Bulger, OL Tony Moll, LB Jarret Johnson and DL Cory Redding NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net
- LB Dannell Ellerbe joined Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST Wednesday morning, that interview is available in the Audio Vault as well. LB Tavares Gooden is scheduled to join Forrester at 7:30am Thursday.