Ravens left guard Kelechi Osemele says he's made excellent progress since undergoing back surgery in November to repair a herniated disk.
Under a three-month recovery timetable, Osemele anticipates having no limitations on his training in another month.
"It's going well, I feel great," Osemele said Monday as members of the Ravens cleaned out their lockers. "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. It's still healing going on. The wound has closed up completely, though.
"I've been working out for a couple of weeks. 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."
Osemele indicated that he'll need to be somewhat cautious in terms of his weightlifting regimen to avoid a setback.
"I just have to be careful and there are certain things I can no longer do to lessen the risk of re-injuring it," he said. "But I'm just going to take it as a precaution and listen to the trainers and try to stay healthy. It will affect my offseason training methods and they will probably change. I'll probably be more careful with the things that I do. I need to take precautions when I'm lifting and stuff and change my methods up a little bit."
Osemele started every game at right tackle as a rookie last season before shifting inside to left guard this season. He started seven games.
"I can't wait to see how it feels and get on the field and try it out," Osemele said. "It's been bothering me for a while now. To be healthy is going to be great. I can't wait to get back out there and see what I can do."
Osemele didn't state a preference for playing guard or tackle, but he has said he feels like guard is his natural spot.
"To be honest with you, it really doesn't matter," Osemele said. "I'm going to play wherever they put me. Whether I play guard or play tackle really doesn't matter, especially off an injury. I just want to get back on the field."
The Ravens slumped to 8-8 and missed the playoffs this season.
"It was tough to watch all aspects of the team, going from winning the Super Bowl to the performances we put out this year is frustrating to watch, but the guys did what they could do with what they had," Osemele said. "Nobody really was stubborn about anything. We just took the adjustments and rolled with it and did the best that we could."
What needs to change to be more successful? Osemele cited altering the routine at practice.
"A lot of things have to change," Osemele said. "We have to make some corrections and probably change some things, some pre-practice things that we do and certain things we go through doing certain plays over again."