Intent on beating the odds and returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered last December against the Cleveland Browns, wide receiver and kick returner David Reed is convinced he's ready to be activated from the physically unable to perform list in a few weeks.
"I'm right there," Reed said. "I'm really better than ever. Everything is good. Lately, I'm feeling better than ever. I told coach [John] Harbaugh that. I feel great. I'm ahead of schedule."
Reed has a three-week window after the first six games to either return to practice and be placed on the active roster or go on injured reserve. He has resumed sprinting and cutting, and is regaining confidence in his knee.
"I trust it, it's good," Reed said. "I feel like I'm faster than last year. My stride opened up more. I'm stronger in some of the angles of how I run. I'm working on a lot of things I never worked on before in my life. I just need to get back used to being on the field with everybody else. I can't wait. Once I get out there, I'll show them."
Meanwhile, veteran defensive lineman Ryan McBean is still on crutches after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left ankle sustained in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound former Denver Broncos starter is on injured reserve and has set a target goal of being ready by minicamp next spring after being declared out for this season.
"I'm working hard, the rehab is going great," said McBean, who had metal hardware inserted into his ankle by Dr. Robert Anderson to aid the healing process. "I can move the ankle some. I'm strengthening it. The only thing is it's a slow process. I can't rush anything. It's going good, though. The surgery went great. I can't rush anything. It's good, though."
McBean is staying busy, taking online classes at Oklahoma State to complete his degree requireements with an eye toward becoming a teacher and coach when he's done playing football.
Signed to a one-year contract during the offseason, McBean would like to remain with the Ravens going forward.
"I take this as an opportunity," McBean said. "I'm looking ahead to the future."
It's an even longer road back for outside linebacker Michael McAdoo.
After spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a knee injury, the lanky former University of North Carolina player is out for this year as well after tearing his Achilles tendon during an organized team activity last spring.
The 6-foot-7, 245-pounder hasn't played in a football game since the 2009 season. He was suspended by the NCAA in 2010 for academic fraud and accepting improper benefits.
He was signed by the Ravens after being passed over in the supplemental draft.
Now, his obstacle is getting back on the field.
McAdoo underwent surgery, also performed by Anderson who operated on Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs' partially torn right Achilles tendon, and has resumed a slow jog.
"I make strides every week," said McAdoo, who's opening to get back on the field next spring. "The way it's looking, I'm on track. I'm ahead of schedule. Everything has healed correctly."
The Ravens have stuck with McAdoo despite his injury history, intrigued by his potential as a pass rusher.
"I've shown glimpses of what I can do," McAdoo said. "I'm very hungry. When I get that opportunity, I want to take advantage of it and leave nothing on the table. It's been a couple of years. I want to show what I can do."