Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Tuesday that tight end Crockett Gillmore might be able to take part in OTA activities this spring and "certainly" will be ready for training camp, a much improved prognosis for Gillmore's shoulder injuries.
Last month, general manager Ozzie Newsome said Gillmore would need "some surgeries" to take care of labral tears in both shoulders, and it was expected that Gillmore would be sidelined at least into training camp. The thought was Gillmore would have one shoulder repaired, then the other, thus the lengthy recovery process.
But speaking at the owners meeting this week, Harbaugh said that after the first procedure was done, doctors concluded that surgery would not be required on the other shoulder.
"So he's going to be fine probably for OTAs, certainly for training camp," Harbaugh said, according to the team's Web site.
Gillmore finished last season with 33 catches for 412 yards and four touchdowns, most among tight ends. He started 10 games, missing six with injuries. He missed the final four games and ended the season on injured reserve.
Gillmore's shoulder injury, and the 10-game suspension levied against Nick Boyle, suddenly made tight end a priority in free agency, and the Ravens were quick to sign veteran tight end Ben Watson on the first day of the new league year.
Watson figures to be the starter, with Gillmore and Maxx Williams backing him up. Having Gillmore available to work with Watson throughout the spring and summer is an encouraging sign indeed.