It has been an extremely difficult month for Ravens defensive end Chris Canty as he spent the majority of it in a hospital while recovering from wrist surgery to remove a staph infection.
Canty returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since missing the past four games because of an infection that started in his thumb. He said he's now infection-free.
"It was really an infection that went in through my thumb and kind of lodged in my wrist," Canty said. "That's the situation. Staph infection is a crazy thing. They were able to clean it out. I don't have any infection in my body anymore. I'm just glad to be back to football.
"It's great to be back out there with my guys. was frustrating for me not to be able to take part and really spend the better part of October in a hospital. I'm just glad to really get back to football. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this football team and get back to work. It's a big week for us."
Back after missing games against the Indianapolis Colts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals, Canty hopes to convince the coaching staff to allow him to play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Canty took part in the usual defensive linemen drills, including hitting the blocking sled, and was listed as participating fully.
"I felt good hitting the sled, I felt good hitting other people," Canty said. "We'll just continue to progress and improve and the coaches will make the decision toward the end of the week whether I'll be able to play. I feel good. I think the trainers are pleased with my progress so far. The decision is ultimately out of my hands, but I feel good."
Meanwhile, tight end Owen Daniels returned to practice on a limited basis after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last week. Daniels is upbeat about his recovery.
"I went and got the surgery, we're seeing how it's feeling," Daniels said. "Everything went well today. So, we're going to keep progressing and hopefully everything is good for Sunday."