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The offseason is a time for NFL players to rest and recover from the abuse they take throughout the season.
The Ravens have a handful of players working their way back from season-ending injuries and offseason procedures, and here is a look at the most recent injury updates:
WR/KR David Reed (knee surgery): Reed had knee surgery following a torn ACL on Dec. 24 that forced him to finish the season on injured reserve. He has been one of the most consistent faces in the building during the offseason, making sure that the injury gets proper treatment during rehab.
He said that he is ahead of schedule with the recovery process and hopes to be completely healthy by training camp in late July. He did not participate in contact drills during OTAs this week.
CB Cary Williams (hip surgery): The fifth-year cornerback had surgery in February to repair a torn labrum and has been rehabbing throughout the offseason. He has participated in the team’s voluntary conditioning program since signing his second-round tender earlier this month.
Williams suffered the injury in the game against Seattle on Nov. 13, but he played the remainder of the season and started every game. He described his health as at about 80 percent in early May, and expects to be fully recovered by the time training camp starts. Williams also was not on the field during OTAs.
OLB Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon surgery): The reigning Defensive Player of the Year suffered an Achilles tendon injury while working out this offseason, and he underwent surgery on May 8 to repair the tear. Suggs described the injury as a partial tear and still hopes to make a return by November.
The Ravens have not provided an exact timetable for Suggs’ return, but Head Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that right now Suggs is simply allowing the surgery scar to heal and will likely begin rehabbing next month.
“The rehab doesn’t start until all that healing takes place,” Harbaugh said. “He is going to have a doctor’s appointment the first week of the minicamp. Then, he is going to come up here, and then we’ll start to rehab at that point.”
DT Haloti Ngata (thigh): The Pro Bowl defensive lineman was beat up by the end of last season and had a procedure after the season to repair an injury. The exact injury or procedure has not been reported, but Ngata said that he now feels “really good” after taking time off to rest and recover.
WR Torrey Smith (sports hernia): Smith had surgery after the season to repair a hernia injury that he played through for most of last season. He said last month that he is fully recovered from the injury and is expecting to have a big season in his sophomore campaign.
He was a full participant in OTAs and did not look hindered at all.