It's amazing how easy football can be when no one's allowed to touch you.
Just four months removed from surgery to repair his right shoulder, Mason has been forced to sport a red "no contact" jersey at Baltimore's offseason workouts. He's hopeful that he will be able to shed that apparel and don his pads when the Ravens open training camp in late July, but his recovery may linger later into the summer.
"I still don't know if I'm ready," Mason said after Tuesday's workout. "That's no contact, I can do that just about all day. [The shoulder] still bothers me, but I'm trying to condition my body to get over it and get past it and try to get back on the field as soon as I can."
Mason originally injured his shoulder last Nov. 9 at Houston, but played the remainder of the season and playoffs.
He finished the year with 80 catches for 1,037 yards and five touchdowns -- a performance that he called "OK. It wasn't good, it was OK." The shoulder ailment left his playing status in limbo week-to-week, but he never missed a game. During Baltimore's run to the AFC title game, Mason reeled in 12 grabs for 190 yards, and did so playing essentially with one arm.
Baltimore was optimistic that Mason's February surgery would have him ready to go by camp. So far, though, Mason's unable to guarantee that will be the case.
"You never know with Superman," he told a group of reporters. "I could come out in the cape, it could be the first day, it could be the second week."