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Ravens offensive linemen Rick Wagner, Jeremy Zuttah progressing well from injuries, sources say

Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah celebrates after a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Ravens won 28-13.
Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah celebrates after a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Ravens won 28-13. (Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports)

Ravens offensive tackle Rick Wagner and center Jeremy Zuttah have made significant progress in their rehabilitation from injuries, according to NFL sources.

Wagner underwent surgery following a Lisfranc foot sprain suffered in December against the Houston Texans, is healthy enough that he could play in preseason games and is on target for the season-opener against the Denver Broncos, a source said.

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The Ravens plan to gradually increase Wagner's workload and monitor how his foot responds before allowing him to take part in team drills and contact work. Wagner hasn't felt pain in his surgically-repaired foot.

Wagner was one of the highest-graded right tackles in the league in his first season as a starter last year.

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Meanwhile, Zuttah resumed running by the end of the Ravens' minicamp in June. He had offseason hip surgery to clean up bone spurs.

The plan for Zuttah is similar to Wagner's in terms of activity, but sources emphasized that Zuttah feels good enough to get back on the practice field quickly, is regarded as ahead of schedule and is on track for preseason games and the regular-season opener.

Zuttah dealt with the hip injury throughout last season, with the bone spurs affecting his hip joint when he got into his blocking stance.

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. The Ravens allowed just 19 sacks after giving up 48 sacks the previous season.

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Zuttah allowed one sack and 23 quarterback pressures. He gradied out solidly as a run blocker but not nearly as high for his pass blocking.

The Ravens acquired Zuttah from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year in exchange for their 2015 fifth-round draft pick. The team then signed Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million contract extension last spring that includes $6.5 million guaranteed.

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