Ravens Burning Questions: Will Injured Players Be 100% By the Regular Season?


Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) knocks the ball away from New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) in the second quarter during the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries are always a problem in the NFL, and every team goes through their fair share of medical issues every season.  The Baltimore Ravens, however, had a laundry list of injuries in 2014, an issue so ridiculous that it kept the medical staff busy every week.  It also tested the team’s depth at multiple positions.

While some, like Lardarius Webb, are back to 100%, others are not.  Namely C.J. Mosley (wrist), Jimmy Smith (foot), Rick Wagner (foot), and Jeremy Zuttah (hip).  Out of these four, only Smith saw the field during mandatory minicamp, and Mosley was limited.  Zuttah and Wagner weren’t ready to do anything just yet.

The Ravens have expressed optimism regarding the health of all four.   As of right now, there’s no sign that any of them is in danger of missing time at training camp or during the preseason.  But we’ve seen this act before, and it’s hard to guarantee that they will all be 100% before the start of the regular season.

The biggest concerns probably lie with both Wagner and Smith, who suffered Lisfranc injuries.  They tend to take a while to heal and players who suffer them often come back too soon and experience setbacks. Wagner went down in week 16 of last season, while Smith suffered his injury in week 8.

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Mosley underwent wrist surgery following the season and has always been expected to be eased back into action.  Likewise, Zuttah’s hip surgery was a planned clean-up procedure that took place following the season’s end.

As of right now, all four are expected to be ready for the start of training camp.  But don’t be surprised if one or more is eased back in, or if they take a little more time than anticipated.  Injuries and player recovery are an inexact science, and everyone heals differently.  But there’s no reason to worry about any of these guys – yet.

Next: Jimmy Smith and Dennis Pitta on Road to Recovery

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