Dumervil won’t play in Sunday’s opener
Timetable for return of OLB is uncertain
A setback related to offseason foot surgery will prevent Elvis Dumervil from playing in the Ravens’ season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.
The outside linebacker said Wednesday that the injury will force him to miss his first season opener since 2010, when he sat out the entire year because of a torn pectoral muscle.
“I won’t be able to go this week,” Dumervil said. “It’s one of those things where your body kind of tells you when it’s ready. So we’re all pushing. We wanted it to be Week 1, but unfortunately it wasn’t.”
Dumervil, 32, did not participate in Wednesday’s practice and has not worked out with the team since being activated off the physically-unable-toperform list Aug. 22. That is around the time Dumervil acknowledged that he had “a minor setback.”
Dumervil, who had six sacks last season after a franchise-record 17 in 2014, declined to give a timetable for his return.
Albert McClellan started in Dumervil’s spot in the first three preseason games, and Za’Darius Smith and Matthew Judon could play against the Bills. Even though McClellan has not started in a game since 2012 and has just two sacks in his career, Dumervil said he is not worried about the sixth-year player.
“He’s been doing a great job all preseason, all camp,” Dumervil said. “So he’s a veteran. He’s a guy that’s been around the league and has done it. He’s one of our core guys on special teams, and he’s been dominating that phase the past few years. So he’s capable, and we’re all confident in him playing on defense.” Elvis Dumervil Forsett always intended to return: Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that the Ravens took a calculated risk in terminating Justin Forsett’s contract and exposing him to a better offer
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Speaking to the mediaafter practice, Forsett said he had always planned on returning to the organization that rewarded him for his 1,266-yard, eighttouchdown performance in 2014 with a three-year contract for $9 million before the 2015 campaign.
“That was the plan,” he said. “I wasn’t going to turn down $10 million if somebody offered me $10 million. But I always wanted to be back here.
“At no time is it fun to be in the unemployment line, no matter if it’s planned out. Still, a tough decision had to be made. I’m definitely hungry and ready to get back out there where I’ll never be in that position again.”
Forsett, who jokingly compared the release to a “trial separation” (“We got back together, and now we’re happily ever after.”), said he and his agent talked to a couple of teams, but none got close to what the Ravens had offered. And in the end, Forsett said he believed general manager Ozzie Newsome would bring him back.
“You got to trust them a lot to sign off on being released,” Forsett said. “I talked to my agent, and he’s supposed to keep me employed. And telling him that I wasgoing to take a couple of days off was a different dynamic. You have to trust Ozzie, who has been nothing but good to me. So I went with the plan and it worked out.” Perriman excited about debut: The season opener is an anticipated moment for many, but it might be difficult to rival the emotions bubbling inside wide receiver Breshad Perriman.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound player, the Ravens’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft, has not played in a game of significance since Dec. 26, 2014, when he led Central Florida against North Carolina State in the Bitcoin Bowl (now the St. Petersburg Bowl).
After Wednesday’s practice, Perri- man acknowledged the importance of Sunday’s opener.
“There’s a lot on the line,” he said. “This is the first game, but it’s the whole team. I’m going to attack it like any other game — just go out there ... and try to dominate and have fun.”
Since straining the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee — an injury that kept him from playing last season — and partially tearing the ACL in his left knee in June, Perriman has worked to recover and then to develop cohesion with quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receivers Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken.
“My expectations are for him to go out there and get open,” Flacco said. “We haven’t had a ton of work together. I just got to keep it simple, hit him in the chest and give him a chance to make plays.” End zone: With Dumervil out for Sunday’s opener, Za’Darius Smith’s return to practice is timely. Theoutside linebacker had not practiced since Aug. 24 because of an injured ankle. ... Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon is using crutches and is not expected to play Sunday after straining the MCLin his left knee in the 30-9 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Aug. 27. … Cornerback Jerraud Powers did not practice because of an ankle injury. … Tight ends Dennis Pitta (broken finger) and Maxx Williams (knee), left guard John Urschel (shoulder) and cornerback Shareece Wright (foot) practiced fully. … The Bills listed five reserves on their injury report. Backup cornerback Kevon Seymour (hamstring) did not participate, while backup right guard Ryan Groy (ribs) was limited. ... Steve Smith Sr. wore gold cleats during practice and warmups, but the veteran receiver said he will not wear themin games. “Theyare handing out [NFL] fines like they are handing out parking tickets in downtown Baltimore,” Smith joked. “I’m not doing that.”