After the 2021 injury campaign, the off-season has been good for the Ravens so far.
Coach John Harbo on Thursday gave news for quarterback Tyler Huntley and outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson and expressed optimism about the long-term rehabilitation of left-handed Ronnie Stanley and defenders JK Kay Dobbins and Gus Edwards.
“I’d say everyone’s on schedule, but what’s the schedule?” Harbaugh said of Dobbins and Edwards, who both suffered ACL tears last offseason. “Knee injuries are a little harder to tell what the schedule is.”
Harbaugh said that he “hopes” that Stanley, Dobrins and Edwards will be ready for the first week and that they will have the opportunity to return to the training camp next month.
Harbo said that Huntley, who practiced only on Tuesday this week, has tendinitis in his shoulder due to the large number of throws he made during the mini camp and organized team activities. As starter Lamar Jackson skipped nine volunteer training sessions, Huntley was Ravens’ main back before Jackson returned this week.
Ferguson sprained his left ankle during training on Wednesday, Harbo said, while the fourth-year player seemed to have overturned it during running exercises. He glued his ankle to Ferguson and returned to the field, but he remained completely off the field on Thursday.
Harbaugh did not give a specific time frame for the return of Huntley and Ferguson because the team is taking a few weeks off before the start of the training camp.
Eleven Ravens missed training on Thursday, although most are still recovering from last season’s long list of injuries. Newcomer full-back David Oyabo (Achilles tendon), as well as corner-backs Marcus Peters (knee) and Ar’Darius Washington (leg) have not practiced throughout the season. The defensive match Michael Pierce did not participate in the mini camp due to a “personal thing”, which Harbo did not reveal on Tuesday.
Nick Boyle also did not train on Thursday, but Harbaugh said that he just had a day off scheduled.
Dobbins was seen around the facility during the mini-camp, but he did not participate in the exercises because he continues to rehabilitate together with Edward and Stanley.
“You’re talking to JK, he’s a beginner,” Harbaugh said. “He was supposed to practice today, but he still has work to do. Like Gas. ”
Stanley has played just one game since signing his five-year, $ 100 million contract. He injured his ankle in the first game after signing a contract during the 2020 season and played only one game in 2021 before having another ankle operation.
“Ronnie’s ankle looks great,” Harbo continued. “Ronnie’s mission now will be to be in the best shape of his life.”
Silver in Stanley’s injury, Harbo said on Thursday, added depth to the fighting position this year. He especially mentioned newcomer Daniel Faalele, who was selected in the draft in the fourth round and the biggest player in the NFL with 6-8, 380 pounds. At that size, Faalele is working on his fitness to be at the NFL level.