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Osemele will be ready for offseason program, Harbaugh says

Ravens offensive guard Kelechi Osemele has made enough progress after undergoing back surgery that he's expected to participate in the first day of the offensive conditioning program in April.

Osemele had a herniated disk repaired in November.

"K.O., we expect him to start the offseason program," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL scouting combine. "He's in there working out. K.O. is way far along in his training. He's doing great. He's in there every day."

The Ravens haven't decided where Osemele will line up next season. He played left guard before going on injured reserve last season and also during the Ravens' Super Bowl run after starting every game as a rookie at right tackle.

"We have started thinking about that, I don't think we know yet," Harbaugh said. "The good thing about K.O. is he's got versatility. He gives you some options and then you can see where he best fits on the offensive line."

When the Ravens' season ended, Osemele was upbeat about his medical outlook.

"It's going well, I feel great," Osemele said. "I'm trying to get in as good a shape as possible for next year and work on the things I need to work on to get back on the field.

"I'm feeling pretty good about it as far as the strength in my legs is returning. The symptoms going down my leg is gone. The surgery was a success."

Meanwhile, Harbaugh said backup running back Bernard Pierce is expected back by the first day of training camp.

Pierce had rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder.

 

Center Gino Gradkowski underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the season.

Harbaugh said that cornerback Lardarius Webb didn't have any offseason surgeries for a sports hernia or his knee.

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