Brendon Ayanbadejo had expected to be back from his torn quadriceps tendon by the end of OTAs, or at the very least by the beginning of training camp.
OTAs past by, training camp came and went, and Ayanabdejo still wasn't healthy enough to begin practicing with the full team.
That's why the Ravens opted to put the inside linebacker/special teams ace on the Reserve Physically Unable to Perform list earlier this week, which means Ayanbadejo will have to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
"It just gives me more time to get healthier, so it's a good thing," Ayanbadejo said.
It's been a slow recovery process for the soon-to-be 35-year-old, who suffered the quadriceps injury four games into the regular season last year. He had surgery last October to repair the tear, then when it didn't respond well to the rehab, he had plasma injections in the quad which are supposed to help build and heal tissues.
With the extra rehab time that his stint on PUP will provide, Ayanabdejo hopes to be back when he's eligible to resume practicing Week 7.
"I should be good," Ayanbadejo said. "I'm praying, I hope I'll be good. I'm not going to guarantee it, but I hope I should be OK. The process was a lot slower than I thought it was going to be."
"I'll be out and miss 13 months by the time I get back off of PUP, so I'm pretty eager to get out there and start playing football again."