OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens are likely to be without one of their top draft picks until training camp.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that linebacker Arthur Brown, a second-round pick in last month's draft, had sports hernia surgery shortly after Baltimore's rookie minicamp two weeks ago.
It typically takes four to six weeks to recover from that surgery. But while Brown appears likely to be miss each of the Ravens' three organized team activities and a mandatory three-day minicamp that begins June 11, he's expected to be fully recovered by the time Baltimore begins training camp in late July.
"It's a four-to-six week deal and he should be fine soon enough," Harbaugh said.
Once he returns to the field, Brown is expected to challenge for one of Baltimore's two starting jobs at inside linebacker. He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Kansas State last season.
The inside linebacker position is one of the Ravens' biggest question marks after the retirement of Ray Lewis, the departure of Dannell Ellerbe as a free agent and with the status of Jameel McClain still unclear as he works back from the spinal cord injury that ended his season last year.
BACK TO FOOTBALL: Baltimore Ravens wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones is expected back in Baltimore Wednesday and could be on the practice field as early as Thursday.
Jones missed the first two practices of the Ravens' OTA this week as he competed in the finals of this season of "Dancing with the Stars."
"He said he's in great shape, so he gets right back into it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Jones Wednesday.
Jones and partner Karina Smirnoff didn't capture the Dancing with the Stars title, but they were one of only three duos to advance to this week's finals.
"I thought he did great," Harbaugh said. "I thought he did great last night. I was proud of Jacoby through the whole thing, [but] I am looking for him on the next flight back to Baltimore, Jacoby. ... But he should be in great shape and I thought he did great and I'm proud of him. I thought he represented all of us very well."
WORKING BACK: Harbaugh reiterated Wednesday that McClain (spinal cord contusion) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee surgery) are both "on schedule" in their respective recoveries.
Neither McClain nor Webb practiced Wednesday, but both took part in individual drills for the better part of the two-hour long practice.
"Very encouraged with Lardarius and Jameel, really throughout [their whole recovery process]," Harbaugh said following the practice. "They have both done a great job with their rehab [and] they have had no setbacks."
NEW FACES: Much has been made about the Ravens' roster turnover this offseason and quarterback Joe Flacco drew laughs from the media Wednesday when he joked, "I probably don't know 80 percent of the guys' names on our team at this point."
Thirty-three of the 84 players in attendance for Wednesday's OTA practice weren't on the Ravens' roster last season.
GOOD TURNOUT: Veterans aren't required to attend the OTAs, but all but six Ravens were present and accounted for at Wednesday's practice, although some, like defensive tackle Terrence Cody, didn't take part in practice as they continue to work back from injuries.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, guard Marshal Yanda, fullback Vonta Leach, Jones and defensive linemen Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty were the lone Ravens not present for Wednesday's practice.
"I like the fact that we have a number of guys here, [which] obviously is good," Harbaugh said. "Practices have been very, very fast and very efficient. The first couple of days we didn't make a lot of mistakes. Guys seem to know what they are doing. We are working at a high tempo."