Ravens' Smith eyeing return by minicamps

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens running back Musa Smith has a long metal rod surgically implanted in his broken leg. He also possesses significant hope that he'll make a complete recovery in time to play next season.

Smith returned to the Ravens' training complex Thursday, a day after having staples removed from his right leg, which suffered a compound fractured tibia in a 30-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 21.

"I'm feeling good," said Smith while holding several get-well cards from local elementary schools. "I should be back by minicamps. It's going to take a lot of work, but I'm up for that. I'll definitely be back."

Smith said the rod won't be removed for several months while the healing process continues. Last year's third-round draft pick from Georgia said he'll begin rehabilitation on Monday.

It was a particularly gruesome injury, with the awkwardly-hanging bone piercing the skin. "It bothered me to see my foot turned to the side and for it to be bleeding like it was, but it's straight now," Smith said. "I just hate being on crutches."

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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