During his first season with the Ravens last year, center Jeremy Zuttah gutted it out as he dealt with constant pain every time he got into his blocking stance.
After undergoing offseason hip surgery to clean up bone spurs and missing all of the Ravens' organized team activities and minicamp, Zuttah is working to regain his old form while enjoying being free of pain on the job for the first time in a long time.
"Yeah, I'm feeling good," Zuttah said. "I haven't played football in six, seven months. I've got to get back into and get back my techniques. It's coming along."
Zuttah missed just one offensive snap last season as the Ravens finished 12th in total offense, eighth in scoring offense and eighth in rushing offense.
With Zuttah having been acquired in a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick, the Ravens allowed just 19 sacks. Zuttah allowed one sack and 23 quarterback pressures. He graded out solidly as a run blocker.
"It was tough on me last year," said Zuttah, who's entering the second year of a five-year, $18 million contract extension that includes $6.5 million guaranteed. "My first six years in the NFL when I played a game I felt like I could play another one right after that. This was the first time I really had to deal with anything like that.
"It comes with the business. You play this game long enough and you're fortunate to not have to go through many things like that. There's going to be some rust, but it's coming along and I'm getting better."