Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks about the mounting injuries at training camp. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)
Two days after Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti acknowledged that the team is "keeping our door open" regarding signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, coach John Harbaugh did not have any new information on that potential development.
"There's really no update on that," Harbaugh said after Tuesday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. "I saw what [Bisciotti] said. It's very honest, forthcoming and genuine comments that he made. It's what you always respect with Steve. He does a great job of that. I think that's what our fans should appreciate about him. There's really nothing new about that quarterback situation."
The Ravens have been in the spotlight since Harbaugh said Thursday that the organization was considering adding the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who has been a target for criticism last season when he opted not to stand for the national anthem to spotlight inequality in the United States.
The team has some issues at quarterback. Starter Joe Flacco has not practiced during training camp because of a back injury, and no updated timetable has been given for his return. Backup Ryan Mallett has severely underperformed thus far, and Dustin Vaughan, who is with his fourth team in as many years, and Josh Woodrum, who replaced David Olson on Monday, are the other quarterbacks.
Harbaugh would not say if discussions about Kaepernick can be traced to the uncertainty of Flacco's health.
"I don't know. I think it's all linked," he said. "In life, everything is linked. People want to draw big bright lines and say, 'It's about this, it's not about that.' It's always about everything. There's a lot that goes into it with everything. It's never one thing. We'll just have to see where it goes and try to do the best thing for our football team and our organization."
Easy does it for Yanda
Marshal Yanda is probably the last person to shy away from work. The right guard is usually the first Ravens offensive lineman to jump into drills and exercises.
But through the first five practices of training camp, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Yanda has been limited to working in individual drills before walking inside to continue rehabilitating his surgically-repaired left shoulder that sidelined him for three games and forced him to shift from his usual right guard position to the left spot. And the six-time Pro Bowler is the biggest supporter of the medical staff's methodical approach.
"You have to understand that's part of the process, and you don't want to just jump right back in," he said. "I don't want to be ripping it right out of the gate. You want it to be kind of a gradual progression. But everything has been so far, so good in the progression and stuff. So I'm happy with the progress."
C.J. Mosley missed two consecutive games in 2016 because of a hamstring injury and the Pro Bowl due to a calf ailment, but in the offseason, it was the Ravens middle linebacker's shoulder that went under the knife. While news of the operation surprised many media members, Mosley was fully aware of what awaited him after last season.
"I knew I messed it up towards the end of the season, and I just played through it. This is my third surgery," he said before hastily explaining that it has not been the same shoulder for all three procedures. "So I kind of know when my shoulder's messed up. But it feels good now. No pain. I'll be going full speed."
Mosley ranked second on the defense in tackles last fall with 92 and produced a career-beat and team's leading four interceptions. With the loss of weak-side linebacker Zachary Orr to a spinal cord ailment, Mosley is expected to anchor a linebacking unit that will feature two new projected starters in Kamalei Correa (in Orr's spot) and Matthew Judon (in strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil's role).
End zone: One day after being removed from the Ravens' physically unable to perform list, wide receiver-return Michael Campanaro took part in his first practice of training camp Tuesday morning. Campanaro, a Clarksville native and River Hill graduate, had sat out the first four days of camp after suffering a sprained toe in the offseason, but is expected to bolster the Ravens' return units and add depth to the wide receiving corps. "He looked good to me today," Harbaugh said. "He moved around well and made a couple of catches. I'll get a chance to watch the tape, but it's just the first day back. It will be a process to get him up to speed, for sure. I have high hopes for Camp. I always have." … Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick attended practice and interviewed Harbaugh afterward for The NFL Network."