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Kelechi Osemele on comeback trail, dragging oversized tires in workout video

Ravens offensive guard on the mend following November back surgery

By Aaron Wilson

The Baltimore Sun

10:10 AM EDT, March 24, 2014

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Since undergoing back surgery in November, Ravens offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele has made steady progress in his rehabilitation.

Osemele provided some video evidence Sunday on Instagram, posting a short video of him running while dragging heavy oversized tires.

"Adversity is the great equalizer and the measure of a man is how you respond to it,” Osemele wrote on his Twitter account. “Last season ended far too short. Can't let it happen again. #DreamChasing#RavensNation."

A second-round draft pick in 2012 from Iowa State, Osemele started every regular-season game at right tackle during his rookie year before shifting to left offensive guard for the Ravens' Super Bowl championship run.

Osemele was placed on injured reserve last season and had a herniated disk repaired.

Osemele is expected to be ready for the Ravens' offseason conditioning program that starts April 21.

"K.O. is way far along in his training," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during the NFL scouting combine. "He's doing great. He's in there every day."

It's unclear if Osemele will line up at left guard or right tackle after Michael Oher signed a $20 million contract with the Tennessee Titans this offseason. That's the biggest looming question for the Ravens' offensive line after they re-signed left tackle Eugene Monroe earlier this month and traded for center Jeremy Zuttah on Sunday.

"The good thing about K.O. is he's got versatility," Harbaugh said in February. "He gives you some options and then you can see where he best fits on the offensive line."

After the season ended, Osemele was upbeat about his medical outlook.

"It's going well. I feel great," he 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."

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