Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw takes in stadium experience

Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw hasn’t practiced since spraining his right shoulder on July 28. And even though he stood on the sidelines Saturday night when the Ravens held an open practice for their fans at M&T Bank Stadium, he appreciated the atmosphere inside the stadium.

“The experience alone, just walking in the stadium when everybody went out to practice, it was like a ‘wow’ moment to see all the fans packed in just to be at a practice,” the second-round pick said. “I’m sure because you got a lot of players like [linebacker Ray Lewis] or [safety Ed Reed] or everybody like that. It was a great experience. I’m sure everybody would say the same.”

 Upshaw said that he has been getting treatment every day and is close to returning soon.

 “Honestly, there really was no pain, but the second play I went to try to extend it -- being at the position I’m at, I have to use my hands and try to be powerful and I really could not do it,” he said. “It flared up as I was out for the rest of the practice. And it was just sore. Right now, it’s still sore and it’s still a little stiff. We’re just trying to work on getting that out.” 

He is also trying to get his weight down to 270.

“I’m close to 270. I’m not there yet. I still got six, seven pounds to go but I’d be working while I’m out with the little injury,” he said. “I’ve been doing a whole lot of cardio. I’m going to reach my goal soon.”

With Upshaw and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs sidelined, Sergio Kindle has gotten opportunities with the first-team defense. The Ravens also signed 30-year-old outside linebacker Stevie Baggs Jr. to add depth at the position.

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