Rookie DE Bron­son Kau­fusi breaks an­kle, likely done for year

Will Davis, Kenneth Dixon re­turn to prac­tice

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Bron­son Kau­fusi’s rookie sea­son could be over just one week into train­ing camp.

The third-round pick of the Bal­ti­more Ravens suf­fered a bro­ken an­kle Thurs­day, head coach John Har­baugh said af­ter prac­tice.

The in­jury oc­curred in a non-con­tact por­tion of prac­tice.

“It was in one of our non­live pe­ri­ods,” Har­baugh said. “One of the other play­ers just fell on his leg. Un­for­tu­nately, that hap­pens. You try to avoid that, you do ev­ery­thing you can to keep play­ers off the ground, but some­times guys fall. That’s what hap­pened to Bron­son.”

Har­baugh added: “I’m sure he’ll be out for the year.”

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The 6-6, 285-pound de­fen­sive end was carted off of the field early in prac­tice.

Kau­fusi recorded 11 sacks and 20 tack­les for a loss last year at BYU. He fin­ished his col­lege ca­reer with 6.5 sacks.

Har­baugh called the in­jury “tough” for Kau­fusi, but added that it could be an op­por­tu­nity for him to take ad­van­tage of.

“That’s part of the game – it’s part of foot­ball. It hap­pens for a rea­son, in my opin­ion. You’ve got to look at it that way. It’ll be an op­por­tu­nity for him to take the next year and go to work on his body,” Har­baugh said. “He’s young. He needs a lot of work on his lower body, strength-wise and flex­i­bil­ity-wise. He was play­ing well, but he’s only go­ing to be bet­ter next year. We’ll get him in the weight room, we’ll get him in with our con­di­tion­ing coaches and he’ll be much bet­ter a year from now than he would’ve been this year. He’s just got to look at it that way.”

Cor­ner­back Will Davis re­turned to prac­tice Thurs­day af­ter sit­ting out Mon­day and Wed­nes­day. Davis suf­fered his sec­ond ACL tear in as many sea­sons last Oc­to­ber.

The Ravens traded for Davis three weeks into last sea­son. He ap­peared in just two games with Bal­ti­more be­fore suf­fer­ing the in­jury.

Har­baugh said Davis was given the days off to rest and he con­tin­ues to nurse his knee.

Rookie run­ning back Kenneth Dixon was in uni­form Thurs­day but did not take part in any con­tact drills.

Dixon, the fi­nal of Bal­ti­more’s four fourth-round picks, in­jured his knee in the Ravens’ first train­ing camp prac­tice one week prior. He worked with a trainer, do­ing lad­der and other var­i­ous drills as the team scrim­maged.

Habaugh said Dixon is “get­ting close” to a full re­turn.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

Rookie de­fen­sive end Bron­son Kau­fusi (92) broke his an­kle dur­ing prac­tice Thurs­day and will likely miss the en­tire sea­son.

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