Solid Turnout for Ravens OTA’s, 3 MIA’s

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The Ravens wrapped up day two of their three-day voluntary OTA hitting the rain soaked fields outside at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.

“We’ve had five weeks of preparing for these practices,” head coach John Harbaugh remarked about how the first OTA of the offseason has progressed.

“We’ve had phase one and then phase two and I think the league and the union have done a really good job setting up a structure where you build the guys into these types of practices and now we’re at the OTA’s which is the best part of the offseason.”

The team will gather once again tomorrow before the players will have the weekend off.  Football activities will resume again next week.

Per collective bargaining agreement rules the OTA’s are purely voluntary however the Ravens had just three no-shows: Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty.

The team did welcome back some key players from injuries including running back Bernard Pierce who had rotator cuff surgery earlier this offseason.

“Maybe a little bit ahead of schedule – maybe,” Harbaugh said. “[It’s] just the fact that we really didn’t expect him to do that at this point, so he’s really working hard.”

Pierce was on the field today doing individual drills and catching some passes.

Wide receiver Aaron Mellette who showed promise last preseason before suffering a knee injury was back on the field in limited fashion.

He’s been on and off,” Harbaugh said. “[The knee has] been flaring up and swelling up when he works doing different things. He was out there today and looked good and we’ll see how he responds tomorrow. We had some issues.” 

Absent from practice due to injury reasons were offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf strain), defensive tackle Terrence Cody (hip surgery) and wide receiver Michael Campanaro (hamstring).

For Terrence Cody, the set back could prove critical for the former Alabama football player who was re-signed to the Ravens earlier this offseason. Cody, underwent surgery once again this time to clean out his hip.

“He’s got a chance to be back for training camp. He’s rehabbing every day doing a good job with that,” Harbaugh said.

Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro was also sidelined on Thursday as the seventh round draft pick is still ailing from an injured hamstring.

He’s working hard to get back. Hopefully he’ll be back next week as soon as possible,” Harbaugh said. “I’m on him pretty hard about it. Local boy. He needs to be out there.”


What statement best describes your feeling about Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty sitting out OTA's?
No big deal...they call them voluntary for a reason (16%)
Only a problem if the show up out of shape to mandatory mini-camp (50%)
Vets like these 3 should participate, lead by example (34%)
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3 Raves on “Solid Turnout for Ravens OTA’s, 3 MIA’s

  1. Cheri on said:

    Interesting that the the 3 guys who had a down year were a no show. Canty and Ngata are probably gone next year anyway Suggs you should had been there after the Ravens bought you back at a better deal then guys your age have been getting.

  2. King Dooley on said:

    These are 30+ year old dlineman. They need to be rested to play a whole season in the trenches and could probably afford to take it easy through training camp as well. That being said, hopefully it is inherent they are staying up with the team mentally and will help the younger dline out.

  3. Jeff N. on said:

    Leadership with talented respected vet teammates in eyes of “true man player’s” and no Royalty but Loyalty are the keys to any Championship Team looking to rebound after an off year. Off field issues while addressed by Coach Harbough verbally great, needed a bite more than words (my opinion only). Jah Reid 25 years old n a NFL player making compared to us commoners great dough needed a Strip Joint to meet a chick..that makes no sense. Then stomps down a regular Joe prob a NFL fan. Based on O line being Div 111 College at best last year he should have been the “example”…”why take the chance” ? My thoughts only team needs to act on Coach’s comments after listening..No more I’m sorry..Its a great job they need to stop talking bout it and be about it…like we do at our jobs that pay for there jobs.

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