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Ayanbadejo Practicing But Not Full Speed

The Ravens LB and special teams ace is still shooting to be 100 percent by training camp.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Ravens linebacker and special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo’s rehab isn’t going as fast as he would like, but at least he’s back on the field.

Ayanbadejo is in his second full week of individual drills after having a procedure to repair his quadriceps in early October.

After undergoing strength and weight routines during rehab, Ayanbadejo is now clear to run. He experienced some swelling a few weeks ago as his muscles got re-acclimated, but has felt better recently.

Ayanbadejo said it’s still safe to target training camp for a full return.

“I’m not as far along as I thought I would be,” Ayanbadejo said. “But the doctor never told me I’d be ready at this point. They always said August and training camp. Of course I thought I’d be ready before that.

“If I’m incrementally better every week I can’t be too upset even though it’s going slower.”

Now that he’s back on the field, last year’s special teams captain is looking to regain his Pro Bowl form, but would also like to return to his linebacker duties.

Ayanbadejo excelled in pass coverage and was even named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after notching an interception, sack and six tackles against the Browns in Week 3.

He will return to a crowded linebacker corps, however, especially with the emergence of Dannell Ellerbe last year and the return of Tavares Gooden and Jameel McClain.

“Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses,” Ayanbadejo said. “My strength is in passing downs. It’s not that I’m just a coverage linebacker, it’s just that when they take out a big guy and put in a smaller guy that’s time for me to shine.”

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