I thought Marshal Yanda was a tough dude when we were under the impression he was playing through two injuries: a bad rib injury which limited his breathing and a thigh contusion.
Now, I think Yanda is a superhero.
The Ravens' starting right guard revealed today that he underwent emergency surgery on Christmas Eve to treat compartment syndrome, a limb- and life-threatening condition in which pressure within muscles builds to dangerous levels. If compartment syndrome goes untreated, the muscles may die and the limb may need to be amputated.
Yanda came down with both of his injuries during the Ravens' Week 16 game against the Browns. Shockingly, he was back on the field a week after the surgery and was in the starting lineup for the Ravens' regular season finale against the Bengals.
"I got leg-whipped in my calf area," Yanda said. "They had to do emergency surgery that night and slit the muscle open to release the pressure. I was dealing with that, too. I had surgery Christmas Eve after the Browns game. It was a nasty scar and a (crappy) way to spend Christmas Eve, but that was the way it was. I was fighting that, too. That was really sore and my ribs (were sore)."
The Ravens had announced that Yanda was battling a "thigh contusion," a diagnosis which makes Yanda chuckle.
Emergency surgery isn't quite on the level with a thigh bruise, but Yanda isn't the type to care or bring attention to himself. All that matters to the Pro Bowl guard is that he's healthy now and can suit up this weekend against the Texans,
"It's over with now," Yanda said. "I got the stitches out and my leg feels good."