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Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was back at the Ravens’ training facility on Thursday hobbling around on crutches after getting surgery to repair a torn left quadriceps tendon.
He said it was the first of many appearances he’ll make throughout the year, even though he will perform most of his rehabilitation in Florida.
“I’ll be here for a week and leave next Thursday,” he told me. “It’s going to be a week here, a week there. The pros and cons of being here mean that there’s not much I can do in Baltimore. But I miss being around the guys and being in the weight room. I can’t get that back home.”
Ayanbadejo, who also sat in on his radio show on Wednesday night (“The A to Z Show” along with safety Tom Zbikowski, expressed his interest in helping assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg mentor the young special teamers.
But Ayanbadejo, who is a three-time Pro Bowl special teamer, declined to call it “coaching.”
“I’m not really a coach and don’t want to cross over,” Ayanbadejo said. “If I was a coach, I would be more like ‘Hammer’ [Mark Carrier, secondary coach]. Sometimes we don’t know if he’s a player or a coach. I think he still has a fine pending in the NFL.”
Ayanbadejo had his surgery on Oct. 7 by the well-known Dr. James Andrews, and since then, he has barely been able to move.
“The last thing Dr. Andrews told me was that I could maybe start running in April,” said Ayanbadejo. “Until then, it’s hard rehab.”