By Matt Vensel
The Baltimore Sun
6:07 PM EDT, July 31, 2013
John Harbaugh updated the status of a couple of Ravens players after Wednesday’s practice.
The coach said Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda is on track in his recovery after offseason shoulder surgery. Yanda hasn’t yet participated in a full-squad afternoon practice during training camp, but Harbaugh said the guard has been doing work in the mornings and he is performing well. He said there is no timetable for Yanda to return, but he expects Yanda to return to full contact sometime during training camp.
Offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, who hasn’t practiced since late last week, saw a doctor about his knee. Harbaugh said Harewood received an injection but “he should be ready to go when he gets back tomorrow.”
Rookie cornerback Marc Anthony left practice with a strained left shoulder but Harbaugh said he should be back on the field soon.
In other news, Harbaugh said outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has “really taken a lot of the weight off” since showing up overweight at last month’s mandatory minicamp. Harbaugh wouldn’t go into specifics, but he said Upshaw is “very close” to his target weight.
He also praised right tackle Michael Oher, saying that the team has “always believed” that Oher is capable of being a Pro Bowl-caliber player. He thinks that settling at right tackle will be a good thing for Oher, maybe helping him live up to the team’s lofty expectations for him.
Finally, kicker Justin Tucker attempted a 71-yard field goal near the end of practice. The kick came up a few yards short and Jacoby Jones caught it in the back of the end zone and returned it. Asked about Tucker’s miss, Harbaugh deadpanned, “I was really disappointed with the 71-yard miss. We’ll have to get in him the weight room after that.” The NFL record is 63 yards.
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