OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens second-round inside linebacker Arthur Brown participated in individual drills during Thursday's organized team activity (OTA) practice, a positive sign for the Ravens considering that many thought Brown would be sidelined until training camp after undergoing sports hernia surgery early last month.
"I feel great," Brown said. "It was my first time out there physically participating. I'm really taking it slow. I'm four weeks into my recovery process, but I feel great. ...
"Things have been kind of slow, but that's needed. I've been taking mental reps every day at practice and really just staying in tune in the meeting room."
Brown is one of the favorites to emerge as a starter for the Ravens at inside linebacker.
Jameel McClain, if healthy, is penciled in as a starter at one of the two inside linebacker spots, at least based on what defensive coordinator Dean Pees said last week. If McClain isn't healthy, then both starting inside linebacker spots are seemingly up for grabs, with Brown, newly signed veteran Daryl Smith and returning veterans Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan the primary candidates competing for playing time at the position.
"The competition is going to be hot," Brown said.