Josh Bynes was worried, understandably so.
The Ravens' linebacker had sustained a major back injury, cracked vertebrae at the bottom of his spin. It was an ailment usually suffered during a car accident.
In Bynes' case, the back issue was incurred on the practice field.
It took him six weeks to recover from this serious condition.
"Somebody hit me in an awkward position," Bynes said. "I got hit at an awkward angle. It's usually something to happen in the car accident. It's very rare to happen in football. Of course, it's scary. It's your back. You worry about if you're going to be able to play again.
"The only thing that heals it is rest, no surgery. The bones that were broken, they hang off the back of your spine. It's kind of crazy. It makes you wonder, but I feel fine now. I feel good."
Now, Bynes is on the active roster after being promoted from the practice squad with middle linebacker Ray Lewis being placed on injured reserve with a torn right triceps.
An undrafted free agent from Auburn, Bynes spent time on the practice squad last season and was promoted to the active roster for the San Francisco 49ers regular-season game as well as two playoff games.
Bynes could be utilized in a special-teams role Sunday against the Houston Texans if he's active.
"It's good to see I can still play, it's a blessing," Bynes said. "Maybe I can play Sunday. There's a lot of good things about being active. I've been in this position before, but I feel like I have more knowledge of the game now."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times