Today, the Baltimore Ravens announced that Pro Bowl guard, Marshal Yanda, passed a team physical. This means that Yanda is now activated off of the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and can now participate in team activities. Yanda, who broke his ankle in the 2017 regular season, underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason and has been recovering since that procedure. Yanda, now healthy, will gradually be reintroduced to the Ravens’ practice regiment. As a veteran who has played with Baltimore for his entire career, missing practice time in training camp should not be much of an issue. Yanda is unlikely to play in the next preseason game against the Rams this Thursday, and it is unknown when he will first see action on the field.
The return of Yanda gives the Ravens major optimism about an already improved offense. Yanda is the rock of the offensive line and provides excellent blocking ability in both run and pass situations. With Yanda’s return, the Ravens can now plan on how to best use him this season. The Ravens will likely take this slowly, however, as the organization would rather not see the 33-year-old re-injure himself. The silver lining of this situation is that it gives the Ravens an opportunity to continue to build up depth along the offensive line.
The Baltimore Ravens have many young members of the offensive line the team would like to see developed. Players such as guards Jermaine Eluemunor and Nico Siragusa need continued play time at offensive guard and can continue to receive that play time as Yanda slowly makes his return to the field. Again, the Ravens are in no rush to see Yanda play football. Yanda is a veteran of the team, and the Ravens are confident he can continue his streak of playing Pro Bowl caliber football.