The Baltimore Ravens have some injury concerns as they prepare for Sunday.
Linebacker Elvis Dumervil told reporters on Wednesday that he will not play Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. The 11-year veteran sat out Wednesday’s practice session. Dumervil had foot surgery this offseason and had returned to practice in late August. The linebacker confirmed that he suffered a setback en route to recovery that will require him to miss Baltimore’s home opener.
Linebackers Albert McClellan and Za’Darius Smith are expected to play in Dumervil’s absence.
Second-string corner Jerraud Powers joined Dumervil on the sideline. Powers is day-to-day with an ankle injury. The Ravens signed Powers to a one-year deal during the offseason after spending the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He’s expected to be the team’s primary nickel corner. If Powers is unable to go, promising rookie Tavon Young will slide into the nickel spot.
On the offensive side, running back Kenneth Dixon also didn’t practice for the Ravens on Wednesday. The 2016 fourth-round pick is currently out with a knee injury.
Dixon was in the running for Baltimore’s starting running back spot, but the team just re-signed Justin Forsett. Forsett is expecting to resume his role as the Ravens’ starting running back.