Lumbering around the Ravens' practice field, offensive lineman Jah Reid has reached the point where he can jog without pain.
That's slow, gradual progress for Reid from a strained right calf suffered initially during a June minicamp before he had a painful setback shortly before the launch of training camp.
He's not ready yet to hit a blocking sled, let alone a defensive lineman.
Although Reid expressed confidence that he'll be activated at some point during the preseason, he'll remain on the physically unable to perform list until he passes his physical and a mandatory conditioning test.
The injury has prevented Reid from competing for playing time.
"I'm working hard on it, but it's hard being patient," Reid said. "You just got to wait for this thing
to heal. Me and [head trainer] Mark Smith and the training staff are working as hard as we can to get me back out there as soon as possible. I'm definitely getting closer to practicing from where I was a few weeks ago. It's been a large improvement every day."
Here's where things stand for Reid in relation to the competitions on the offensive line.
Left guard, where Reid was once projected by coach John Harbaugh as a potential starter before the NFL draft, now belongs to experienced veteran Bobbie Williams.
Williams was signed to a two-year, $2.9 million contract in June that included an $800,000 signing bonus. He reported at 331 pounds, down from 345 pounds when he joined the team.
Right tackle is territory staked out for either Michael Oher, if he shifts back to the right side now that Bryant McKinnie is practicing again and off the non-football injury list, or impressive rookie second-round draft pick Kelechi Osemele.
So, Reid is likely slated for a backup job once he's healthy enough to practice.
What's especially frustrating for the former third-round draft pick is that he had been working out diligently and rehabilitating all summer to recover from the first time he hurt his calf and was carted off the practice field in June.
"I strained it again working out here when I was going through some drills," Reid said. "It was unfortunate. It shows me that I've got to be more patient with this injury and make sure it heals."
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