Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee was taken off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Wednesday and returned to practice at the teams training camp in Owings Mills.
A second-year player, McPhee is competing with Arthur Jones for the starting spot vacated by Cory Redding, the veteran who signed with the Indianapolis Colts after last season.
Both players are sleepers who joined the Ravens as fifth-round draft picks, but McPhee has accomplished more in his brief career. As a rookie in 2011, he finished second on the Ravens with six sacks, trailing only Terrell Suggs.
After breaking down film of McPhees performances, the Pro Football Focus website labeled him the Ravens' secret superstar.
But McPhees sharp rise was briefly halted by a knee injury suffered in an OTA workout in the spring. He had to undergo surgery and sit out the teams mandatory minicamp in June. He also was unable to practice in training camp until Wednesday, but he made his debut in full pads, seemingly answering any questions about whether he was ready.