C.J. Mosley showing no hesitation following wrist surgery

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- During Sunday's training camp practice, Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley rushed to the line of scrimmage where he collided with rookie running back Buck Allen and wrapped him up before bringing him to the ground.

It's a play that Mosley made about 100 times last season. The only difference now is all eyes are on his surgically repaired left wrist.

The good news for the Ravens is Mosley showed no hesitation in the first full-contact practices of camp over the weekend.

"So far, everything is going smooth," Mosley said. "The timing of the injury -- everything is healing at the right time. I'm protecting it, but still going all out. So, everything is going well."

A first-round pick from a year ago, Mosley led all NFL first-year players in tackles and finished second to Rams tackle Aaron Donald for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. He became the first Ravens player to reach the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

His performance is more remarkable considering he played six games with a broken wrist last season. For the record, he played the most snaps of any Ravens player last season, sitting out just 15 defensive plays in the regular season.

"I feel 100 percent," Mosley said. "I have all the confidence I can have with it. It's healed now, so I don't have any excuses."

The challenge for Mosley has been maintaining his upper-body strength. He hasn't been able to lift as much weight as he has been able to in the past because his wrist was in a cast for three months.

Mosley, though, isn't known for engaging linemen and shedding blocks. He has a good knack for slipping past blockers to make the tackle, so his game isn't totally reliant on power.

"The good thing [is] I maintained my weight, if anything," Mosley said. "But like I said, [I was] just working back into it with my wrist and everything as far as staying on the field and lifting weights. I'm going to be smart about it, but I'm definitely trying to maintain weight."

There are high expectations for Mosley after a stellar rookie season. Known for his intelligence and instincts, Mosley was a force all over the field. He was the only NFL player last season with at least 125 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.

"We're looking for C.J. to improve," coach John Harbaugh said. "Wherever you set the bar the year before, it's important to maintain a level head and improve and get better. If you're getting better every day, you certainly should get better between Year 1 and Year 2. I know sometimes guys who have [a] great Year 1 don't have [a] great Year Two -- don't follow it up -- but that should never be the case. If your head is screwed on the right way, you should have a better Year 2, and I believe C.J.'s head is screwed on the right way."