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Ravens guard Marshal Yanda off PUP list, not expected to play Thursday

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda has passed his physical and is off the physically-unable-to-perform list, coach John Harbaugh announced Saturday.

Yanda, 33, suffered a season-ending left ankle fracture Sept. 17, but Harbaugh said early in training camp last month that Yanda underwent an operation on his shoulder shortly after the end of the season. He said the team would be "very cautious of that" and work on preparing the six-time Pro Bowl selection for the regular season.

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“He’s starting to work his way in,” Harbaugh said Saturday. “That’s a huge plus for us. We’re excited about that.”

Harbaugh said he doesn’t expect Yanda to play in Thursday night's preseason game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams. He estimated a two-week process for Yanda to be available for a game.

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Yanda’s return would move James Hurst, who has been lining up at Yanda’s usual right guard position, back to right tackle, where he and rookie Orlando Brown Jr. would compete for the starting job. Hurst, who is entering his fifth season, has more experience playing against NFL-caliber opponents, but is valued for his ability to play four of five spots on the offensive line.

Meanwhile, Brown, the organization’s first of two third-round selections in April’s NFL draft, started at right tackle in Thursday night’s 17-16 win against the Chicago Bears in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Brown earned the third-highest grade among Ravens offensive players by Pro Football Focus.

Matt Skura, who is projected to be the starting center, said he was unaware of Yanda’s status until after practice.

“That should be awesome,” he said. “We love having Marshal out there. He just has great insight and so many things he can see technique-wise that he can help us out with. He’s a really good communicator as well. So just having him back out there will be great.”

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Guard Jermaine Eluemunor said he too is looking forward to Yanda’s presence.

“He’s a future Hall of Famer,” Eluemunor said. “So it’s good to have him back so we can just learn from him and see him on the field. He’s an amazing player.”

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