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While Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., downshifts into offseason mode, seeing players walk the halls is somewhat of a rarity.
Not so for offensive tackle Ramon Harewood. The former sixth-round draft pick has been a mainstay, as he works diligently to rehabilitate his surgically-repaired knees.
“I want to be around here as much as I can,” Harewood said earlier this month as his teammates cleaned out their lockers following Baltimore’s playoff exit. “As long as they’ll let me work with the team. I’ve still got a way to go.”
Harewood is in an interesting bind. In any other offseason, the team would encourage players to remain at the training facility to closely monitor his rehab.
But with the NFL’s uncertain labor situation, those same players won’t be allowed to have any contact with their respective clubs if there is a work stoppage in March.
Harewood, a native of Barbados, said he wasn’t leaving the area for an extended period of time until after the collective bargaining agreement’s March 4 expiration date.
“They’re going to have to kick me out of here,” said the Morehouse product. “I will go home at some point, but I’ve got to keep working hard on my rehab.
“We’re working on a plan [for the rest of the offseason]. I’ve never had injuries like this. I’ve always been pretty healthy, so it’s new for me.”
Harewood, who stands 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, was placed on Injured Reserve before his rookie campaign even started.
He originally sustained tissue damage in his right knee in training camp, and then told a group of reporters that he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and an open procedure on his right knee in October.
Now walking without the aid of the crutches he toted for weeks after the medical procedures – which were performed by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews – Harewood believes he is making progress.
“I’ll definitely be back in time for the offseason, but I want to be smart about it,” said Harewood. “I don’t know exactly when, but I feel like I can come back stronger.”
If he can make a full comeback, Harewood could give the Ravens solid depth at left tackle, where he spent most of last year’s training camp.