Lardarius Webb doesn't want to play in any preseason games. Brendon Ayanbadejo would love to.
Not only is Ayanbadejo still on the Physcially Unable to Perform list, he has been unable to participate in any individual drills for the last week and a half after undergoing a procedure on his injured quadriceps tendon.
But the Ravens' linebacker and Pro Bowl special teams player is still holding out hope that he'll be able to avoid reserve PUP (which would keep him out at least the first six games of the regular season) and return to the field at some point during the preseason.
"It's tough to say," Ayanbadejo said. "If I can get back in the preseason, I'd love to, but it's not really up to me. I've just got to keep doing my rehab, and see how it goes."
In reality, it would be tough for Ayanbadejo to appear in any of the Ravens' preseason contests considering he still has a ways to go in his rehab.
The procedure he had done two weeks ago (which enriched his injured quadriceps with amino acids to help build and heal tissues) will keep him on the sidelines until Thursday. At that point, Ayanbadejo expects he'll be cleared to start doing some running.
But he hasn't done any full-speed work on side fields in view of reporters so far this camp, and will need to get his conditioning and strength back before he's even able to get back on the practice fields.
"I feel fine, just getting the strength back in my leg is the main issue," Ayanbadejo said. "It's coming back slowly, very slowly, but at least it's coming back."