Ravens’ Marlon Humphrey says OTA absences were ‘vet days,’ not because of injury

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey missed several offseason workouts, which raised questions about his health.

Coach John Harbaugh said Humphrey has been dealing with some “nagging” injuries and would be ready for training camp next month.

Humphrey said he was just being prudent, so that he could be healthy for camp and the season.

“I did Day 1 and then I took two vet rest days,” Humphrey said on the “Punch Line Podcast.” “I’m kind of on the NBA routine sometimes. Took two rest days but man, I’m excited.”

There was concern because of Humphrey’s recent injury history.

Humphrey missed the beginning of the 2023 season with a foot injury. He also dealt with a calf injury that kept him out of the final four games. He returned for the AFC Championship Game but played just 13 snaps after missing the previous two games.

When he is healthy, Humphrey is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.

Since entering the NFL in 2017 as a first-round pick (16th overall) by the Ravens, Humphrey’s 71 passes defensed are the NFL’s sixth most, trailing only James Bradberry (89), Darius Slay (85), Marshon Lattimore (78), Jalen Ramsey (78) and Xavien Howard (77). In addition, Humphrey is one of three players — James Bradberry and Marshon Lattimore — with at least 10 passes defensed each season from 2017-2021.

He is a three-time Pro Bowler (2019, 2020 and 2022), an Associated Press first-team All-Pro (2019) and Team MVP by Baltimore Media (2018).

The Ravens have depth at cornerback this season. The team drafted Nate Wiggins in the first round (30th overall) from Clemson and then added T.J. Tampa from Iowa State in the fourth round (130th overall).

Humphrey has been impressed with the rookies, and he is looking forward to working with them.

“This rookie class, they were much more mature than what I would have thought true,” Humphrey said. “They basically just came in, been kind of quiet, just went to work. So, it’s looking like good signs of things to come. Usually, there’s way more – not necessarily not focused just, they’re young. You can only expect rookies to act a certain way, but I’ve been impressed. I’ve been very impressed by how they came in and just worked.”

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