INDIANAPOLIS — With NFL coaches and general managers providing updates on their teams and draft needs at the 2017 NFL Combine, it’s a good time to catch up on some news about a few former Iowa Hawkeyes.
Baltimore Ravens perennial Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda missed three games with a shoulder injury last season. Instead of sitting out the final month, Yanda opted to move to the left side for the first time in his pro career. He still earned his sixth Pro Bowl bid, and Pro Football Focus named Yanda the NFL’s offensive lineman of the year.
“It’s incredible,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s like a lefty going to the right side and playing because he couldn’t swing on the other side of the plate. I just think it’s amazing that he was able to do that so effectively and so well. Very few guys can pull that off.”
Yanda is a 10-year veteran with the Ravens and is training in Iowa City this offseason.
As for former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, his status likely will be revealed soon. Greenway has played all 11 years with the Vikings and earned a pair of Pro Bowl berths. He was a team captain last year and has 144 career starts. He ranks fourth in Minnesota history in tackles with 1,329 and also has 11 career interceptions and two scores.
Greenway has hinted at possibly retiring this offseason. Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman provided a minimal update on Wednesday.
“I’ll let you guys know when that announcement’s coming whether he’s going to play or not,” Spielman said.
Greenway has earned the Vikings’ Community Man of the Year Award four times in his career.