Marlon Humphrey's crucial injury update ahead of Ravens' preseason finale

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Marlon Humphrey has shared the latest on his recovery from foot surgery just hours before the Baltimore Ravens take on the Tampa Bay Bucs in preseason Week 3 on Saturday, Aug. 26, with a little over two weeks between now and the start of the regular season.

During the debut episode of his "Punch Line" podcast, Humphrey revealed that he has told the Ravens organization and medical staffers that he "feels like [he] can go next week," which sounds more than promising and exciting.

Putting a little bit of pause to those out there going mad and excited the second they listened or read about that, though, Humphrey told his co-host that the Ravens told him "that's not realistic."

Humphrey's response? "But I'm a monster."

Asked about his availability for the season-opening matchup with the Houston Texans in Week 1 (Sep. 10), Humphrey left the door open saying "I would love to--I wanna be with the guys."

Although John Harbaugh provided an update on Humphrey's timeline a few days ago, this is the first time we've heard from the man himself.

Harbaugh labeled Humphrey's timeline for a potential return "pretty well-defined," but didn't say much more than that. In his estimation, the veteran cornerback and Pro Bowler should be back "pretty early in the season."

Football insiders from outside the organization leaked that Baltimore initially expected their CB1 to stay out "for a month," which means he could potentially miss a few games (we did a deep dive into the early schedule and potential aftermath here)at the start of the season.

However, Humphrey wasted no time in undergoing surgery to accelerate the recovery process and being available as soon as possible; in his words: "next week."

Humphrey also told his co-host that he is "off crutches" and that he is "already walking" already.

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