Although somewhat frustrated at being unable to practice due to his recent sports hernia surgery, Ravens rookie inside linebacker Arthur Brown says he's making steady progress in his recovery and remains on schedule to return by training camp.
The second-round draft pick underwent a procedure following the Ravens' rookie minicamp, addressing a nagging injury that affected him intermittently last season at Kansas State.
"It's going well and I'm making progress daily, that's what it's all about," Brown told The Baltimore Sun on Friday. "It's unfortunate, but mentally I can stay prepared. It's not ideal, but there's a little bit of a positive. I make the most of the opportunity I have with the mental reps."
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Because it takes four to six weeks to recover from the surgery, Brown is expected to miss the remainder of the Ravens' organized team activities and minicamp.
Being ready for a training camp scheduled to start July 21 when rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans report is his goal.
"Yes, that's the goal," said Brown, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last season. "I'm looking forward to being able to participate at that time."
Brown was a consensus All-American last season, and the Ravens traded up six spots to select him 56th overall.
"It bothered me throughout the season, on and off," Brown said. "It got to the point during minicamp where I had it checked out and got it taken care of."