Dumervil con­trib­utes, leaves healthy from re­turn for Ravens

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ ce­cil­whig. com

— When Elvis Dumervil made his sea­son de­but on Oct. 2, he lacked the strength re­quired in his sur­gi­cal­lyre­paired foot to be an ef­fec­tive pass rusher.

The Bal­ti­more Ravens out­side line­backer played in one more game the fol­low­ing week­end, but ex­pe­ri­enced a set­back in his foot. He missed Bal­ti­more’s next five games.

“Men­tally, I wanted to be out there, but the first time around, the strength wasn’t there,” Dumervil said Wed­nes­day. “We went back to the draw­ing board, and we were able to come up with a game plan. Give credit to the train­ing staff

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and the weight room guys. We re­ally just went after a plan, and we got the job done. I was able to come out with the team and help con­trib­ute to a win.”

Dumervil re­turned again on Sun­day and con­trib­uted to the Ravens’ 19-14 win over the Cincin­nati Bengals in a big way. He recorded a strip sack of quar­ter­back Andy Dal­ton with just over one minute re­main­ing and the Bengals in­side the red zone. Dumervil also re­cov­ered a fum­ble in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“I told you be­fore I’d be happy to see him out there mak­ing plays, and right on cue, he did it,” head coach John Har­baugh said. “He looked like him­self. He looked very ex­plo­sive.”

The pe­riod be­tween the Oct. 9 loss to the Oak­land Raiders and Sun­day’s win over the Bengals was a tough one for Dumervil, 32, who has only had one se­ri­ous in­jury in his ca- reer. He vowed to come back, and did last week­end.

“You have to lis­ten to your body. As a com­peti­tor, as a win­ner, some­times you think you’re in­vin­ci­ble, and then that’s when you get hum­bled,” he said. “I can’t con­trol things I can’t con­trol. Things I could con­trol, which is go out and work on re­hab and eat­ing right, work­ing out and do­ing the things nec­es­sary to be a pro, that’s what I’ve done. I’ve just been do­ing that.”

Dumer vil was sore after the win, as ex­pected, but the fact that he par­tic­i­pated fully in Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice was a pos­i­tive sign.

“I was able to prac­tice to­day, so that’s a good start,” he said. “Walk­ing up the stairs with my baby girl after the game, that was pretty dif­fi­cult. For the most part, my body is on track.”

Dumervil, a five- time Pro Bowler, set a Ravens fran­chise record with 17 sacks in 2014. He and Ter­rell Suggs were the NFL’s lead­ing sack duo that sea­son, but have hardly played to­gether since. Suggs was glad to have his coun­ter­part back on the field.

“It was great for our team that he is back,” Suggs said. “It adds to our arse­nal. You def­i­nitely want a guy like Dumervil back on the field, and we love hav­ing him back.”

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A fum­ble by Cincin­nati Bengals quar­ter­back Andy Dal­ton (14) is re­cov­ered by Bal­ti­more Ravens out­side line­backer Elvis Dumervil dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter on Sun­day at M&T Bank Sta­dium in Bal­ti­more. Bal­ti­more dropped Cincin­nati, 19-14.

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