Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown practiced Tuesday for just the fourth time this training camp, and first since Aug. 2, after a back injury that required an MRI and then a hamstring pull kept him out for more than a week.
With both of those issues cleared up, Brown said the injuries were "nothing major" and participated in individual drills as the team returned from Sunday's day off.
"It's just a process [coming back], but if you get over that hump, you're good," Brown said. "I like practicing, and I just wasn't practicing. It was definitely difficult."
Brown's back "locked up" while twisting to catch a pass on July 31, coach John Harbaugh said last week. Brown missed the following day's practice, then returned on Aug. 2 but was bumped again, causing his back to flare up a second time.
The injury was serious enough that Brown underwent an MRI, which revealed no disc damage, Harbaugh said.
By Saturday, after Brown had been out nearly a week, Harbaugh said his back had healed, but a hamstring issue cropped up.
Brown was one of several Ravens returning to practice Monday, but didn't do much in the way of full football activities.
Without taking part in a single day of contact practice through the first two weeks of training camp, Brown's status for Thursday's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints is in question.
"We haven't talked about that yet," Brown said. "It's my first day today. We're just going to see how it goes, day-by-day."
At a position where the Ravens return just Steve Smith Sr. among their primary receivers from a year ago, training camp and the preseason is especially important for Brown. The undrafted free agent out of Georgia came out of nowhere to catch 49 passes for 524 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2013.
But the addition of Smith, plus the prevalence of the tight end in the Ravens' offense in 2014, made Brown an ancillary player. He caught 24 passes for 255 yards and no touchdowns in 2014, though he came on late in the season.
Torrey Smith's departure for the San Francisco 49ers left a potential place for Brown to re-emerge, but in his training camp absence, receiver Kamar Aiken appears to have established himself as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Smith.
As he returns to full action in the coming days and weeks, Brown will have to show not only that he hasn't missed a beat, but that he's able to jump the likes of Jeremy Butler, Michael Campanaro (River Hill), Darren Waller, DeAndre Carter, and, eventually, first-round NFL draft pick Breshad Perriman (knee) on the depth chart.