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Ayanbadejo ready to get off the PUP list

Brendon Ayanbadejo's time on the Ravens' physically-unable-to-perform list is almost at an end, but the inside linebacker said he is ready to be activated.

"I already know that I'm in great shape," he said Wednesday. "I already know I'm ready to play and ready to practice. It's just a matter of, what's going to happen after I play a 60-minute football game? I train really intense every day with [free safety] Ed [Reed] and [running back] Matt [Lawrence]. We train hard, but nothing's like a football game no matter what you try to mimic. But the one thing that I do is that my daily volume isn't as high, but my weekly volume is higher. So I'm training five days a week on it hard, whereas if we were practicing, we'd practice on it three days and then play on it. So I'm trying to get it in. I'm pretty confident that it's going to be ready to go. I just don't know what's going to happen afterwards."

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Ayanbadejo hasn't played since tearing the quadriceps muscle from his left kneecap in an eventual loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 4. He said the quad has improved immensely.

"Yeah, it feels relatively the same," he said. "I'm not as strong, but as far as walking around and stuff like that, I can't even tell that I was hurt anymore. So it feels relatively good. So that's a positive thing."

If Ayanbadejo does return, he says he will have to have a conversation with the coaches about whether he will play primarily on special teams or take a few reps on defense. Ayanbadejo said two months ago that the additional workload might have put too much stress on his body.

"I wonder what's going to happen myself," he said. "I heard some of the coaches say that they can't wait to see me out there, but as far as my role, I don't know what it's going to be. I know it's not going to be as extensive as it was last year. So I'm going to have to scale some things back. But that conversation has yet to have been had with the coaches. I'm looking forward to talking to them about it."

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