Ed Reed and Marshal Yanda - two players who had been on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list - surprised many fans by participating Friday in the Ravens' first full-team training camp practice at McDaniel College in Westminster.
Despite enduring a nerve impingement in his neck last season, Reed, a five-time Pro Bowl free safety, led the NFL with nine interceptions and scored three touchdowns during the regular season, adding two interceptions and a return for a touchdown in the postseason.
Although he wore a red, noncontact jersey, Reed hit wide receiver Marcus Smith hard enough to dislodge the ball from his grasp and generally looked to be in great condition Friday.
"I feel good," Reed said. "I felt good coming into camp outside of the little pains that I had in my neck this offseason. There was a little bit more soreness, but you look for that when you get older. Once you hit 30, they say you start to feel a couple more pains, and when you get to 40, you start to feel a little bit more. So I just pray as I keep getting older."
The team liberally substituted Reed with Haruki Nakamura during team drills, but coach John Harbaugh said the team is taking great pains to shield Reed from risk.
"We just don't want to put him in a situation where we take a chance," Harbaugh said. "We don't need to. Ed knows how to tackle. He'll pick his spots a little bit that way, but we want to be smart."
Yanda is still wearing a brace around the right knee that he shredded Oct. 12 against the Indianapolis Colts, but he took part in individual drills. Chris Chester started at right guard with the first offense, but Yanda seemed pleased with his progress.
"It's a good thing to be off the PUP," he said. "I'm taking that step. I was doing drills during those rookie camps after practice for about a half-hour, and it felt great. I didn't have any problems, no swelling at all. So they figured they're just going to kind of start implementing me in just one step at a time and one rep at a time. It's a good thing. I'm excited about it."
Defensive end Trevor Pryce was carted off the field during practice Friday morning. Even though he did not take part in the afternoon session, Harbaugh said Pryce should be fine.
"Trevor got stepped on," Harbaugh said. "He's going to be OK."
Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo limped off the field in the morning and did not return. Wide receiver Smith (cramping) and rookie defensive lineman Will Johnson (right leg) did not practice in the afternoon. Cornerback Samari Rolle, who is on the PUP because of groin and shoulder injuries, wore an electronic stimulant on his neck while he watched practice from the sideline.
In addition to Rolle, offensive tackles Adam Terry (arthroscopic knee surgery) and Joe Reitz (left knee), wide receivers Yamon Figurs (foot) and Kelley Washington (flu), and rookie linebacker Jason Phillips (left knee) remained on the PUP and did not practice.
Al Saunders, a former San Diego Chargers head coach and recently a high-priced offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, has been sitting in Ravens team meetings. It's not official that he has been hired, but he is expected to be added to the staff soon. He could serve as an offensive consultant. ... Harbaugh wore a camouflage hat with the word "SURGE" on the front and gave hats to every player. Harbaugh recently returned from participating in the inaugural NFL-USO Coaches Tour in the Persian Gulf where he, the New York Giants' Tom Coughlin, the Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher and former coaches Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden met service members in the Middle East. ... After sitting out training camp last season while protesting the club's franchise tag, linebacker Terrell Suggs was his usual vocal self on the first day of camp. "Yeah, [No.] 55 is in shock right now," Harbaugh said. "This is his first training camp in a while, so he's feeling his way around. We've assigned a couple of veterans to 'Sizzle' to make sure he knows where to go and how to get there." ... As expected, running back Ray Rice ran with the first offense. Willis McGahee (arthroscopic knee surgery) was the backup.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.