Ayanbadejo Could Land On PUP

Harbaugh said he is ‘less confident’ Ayanbadejo will be ready to play early this season.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh isn’t sure when linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo will get back on the field, making the physically unable to perform (PUP) list a realistic possibility for the star special teamer.

Ayanbadejo has not practiced since tearing his left quadriceps on Oct. 4, 2009 while making a tackle against the New England Patriots. 

“I would say [I am] less confident now, at this time,” said Harbaugh when asked about his confidence in Ayanbadejo’s ability to play early in the regular season.

“The fact that he hasn’t been able to practice all through camp means he’s probably pushed back to some extent, and we’ll just have to decide, really, within the next week what status he’s going to be going into the season.”

And even if Ayanbadejo, 34, does log a few full practices before the regular season opens against the New York Jets on Sept. 13, there is no guarantee he’ll participate in live action anytime soon.

It’s the same routine with all players eligible for the PUP list.

Teams have to gauge whether it is prudent to hold a roster spot for someone who might not be available for a few weeks.

“We’re just going to have to balance out their progress with the other players that we have available to play and try to do what’s best for the team for the first six or seven weeks of the season,” said Harbaugh.

Even though the Ravens’ opener against the New York Jets is looming (Sept. 13), Ayanbadejo isn’t thinking about football just yet. 

After such a long and arduous rehab – it has been over 10 months since the injury occurred – Ayanbadejo just wants to avoid the training room.

“My goal is just to be healthy again,” he said. “Whenever that happens, it’s going to happen. Then on top of that, I’ll worry about football after that. I just want to be healthy.”

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