OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda was expected to be brought along slowly this summer, but it won’t be because of the broken ankle that cost him most of the 2017 season.
As anticipated, Yanda began training camp on the active physically unable to perform list, but head coach John Harbaugh revealed the 33-year-old underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason, which has delayed his return to action. Harbaugh said there is “no issue anymore” from the ankle injury that landed him on season-ending injured reserve last September.
It’s unclear which shoulder was repaired, but he underwent left shoulder surgery after the 2016 season and had a procedure performed on his right shoulder in 2013.
“I think if we were playing a game [now], he probably could play — as tough as he is,” Harbaugh said. “We’re probably going to be very cautious of that and just kind of do what’s best to get him ready for September. There really is not a timetable. I would say no hurry at this point.”
Yanda’s status for the start of the regular season may not be in doubt, but his absence in the meantime could hinder the progress of an offensive line already needing to replace two starters. Matt Skura enters the preseason as the favorite to start at center while veteran James Hurst and rookie third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. will battled for the starting right tackle job.
Four other players began training camp on the active PUP list: tight end Vince Mayle (ankle), cornerback Jaylen Hill (knee), linebacker Bam Bradley (knee), and wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (leg). Players on active PUP are eligible to begin practicing at any point as the list is used as a precursor to the reserve PUP list where a player is not eligible to play for the first six weeks of the regular season and does not count against the 53-man roster limit.
The Ravens held rookie third-round tight end Mark Andrews out of Thursday’s full-squad practice with what was described as a “muscle tissue issue” by Harbaugh. The head coach also said rookie sixth-round offensive tackle Greg Senat would miss one to three weeks with an unspecified injury.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith took some snaps in 11-on-11 team drills on the first day of camp after only participating in a few individual drills during last month’s mandatory minicamp.
A handful of veteran players were excused from the field after the first hour of practice as Harbaugh is managing their workload at the start of a longer-than-usual training camp. That group included linebackers Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley, quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and running back Alex Collins.
Undrafted rookie center Alex Thompson remains on the reserve-did not report list and has elected not to continue his playing career.