The Ravens confirmed Yanda's surgery was on his lower leg and not his thigh.
After he got kicked in his lower leg, close to his calf, Yanda developed compartment syndrome, which is the compression of nerves, blood vessels and muscle inside a section of the body. The ensuing pressure inside of his lower leg prevented adequate blood flow to tissues in the area.
Yanda’s leg swelled up and surgeons had to split the muscle to relieve the pressure. A severe case of compartment syndrome could result in loss of a limb, and if not treated, can be fatal.
“It was a nasty scar and a [crappy] way to spend Christmas Eve, but that’s what it was,” he said.
Yanda sustained the injury when he got leg-whipped by a Browns defender as he made a block.
Yanda battled through the leg injury and a rib contusion to start in the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. The second-team All-Pro said he is feeling better after the team’s first-round bye week. Yanda, who no longer has stitches where the incision was, practiced Wednesday with full participation. He plans to start Sunday against the Houston Texans in the AFC divisional round.
“The bye week was huge as far as getting me rested up,” Yanda said. “My ribs feel better. But hopefully they don’t get knocked before the game or anything like that. I would say if I fell on them right now, that wouldn’t be a good thing. So we’re being smart with it.”