The Browns should cause little worry Sunday for the Ravens, but with two pass rushers likely out, Baltimore may struggle putting pressure on Cleveland’s offense.
Outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Za’Darius Smith both missed practice for the the third day in a row, a sign that neither player will suit up Sunday, Jeff Zrebiec for the Baltimore Sun reports. In fact, Zrebiec says Dumervil is “definitely” out with a foot injury, while it’s “hard to imagine” Smith will be ready after not participating all week due to an ankle.
Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) is also ruled out.
Dumervil missed Week 1 as well, and the five-time Pro Bowler’s presence off the edge was sorely missed, as Baltimore managed just two sacks and six quarterback hurries in the win. Losing Smith during the game only compounded matters. The 2015 fourth-round pick finished with 5.5 sacks his rookie season, and the Ravens are counting on his continuing development this year.
The Ravens still have Terrell Suggs to get after Browns quarterback Josh McCown, so all is not loss in terms of creating pressure. The depth chart gets a little thin from there, as the defense may have to rely on sixth-year veteran Albert McClellan and his 2.0 career sacks for help.
It certainly offers a terrible Browns offense some hope heading into a big rivalry game. That and the familiarity of an AFC North opponent could make things more interesting in Cleveland this Sunday.