Elvis Dumervil fully expected some aches and pains after playing in his first game in almost two months, the Ravens’ 19-14 win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He said it was even difficult to walk up the stairs with his baby girl after the game.
But his ability to practice Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s home contest against the Miami Dolphins spoke volumes about the strength in his surgically repaired foot.
In his first game since Oct. 9, Dumervil recovered a fumble in the second quarter and then sacked and stripped Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton in the fourth to seal the victory. But Dumervil, who had missed five consecutive games, said he is still working on improving his conditioning.
“I still have to get back in football shape in a sense,” he said. “There’s a lot I can work on to get better at. I am a little fresher, I’ll say that. There’s still la lot of work to get done, and I’m excited for the challenge.”
Coach John Harbaugh was pleased to see Dumervil contribute so quickly. “I told you before I’d be happy to see him out there making plays, and right on cue, he did it,” Harbaugh said. “He looked like himself. He looked very explosive.”
After practice, the Ravens and Dumervil announced that the franchise had made a $50,000 donation to New Story Charity to build homes in Haiti destroyed by Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 4. Team owner Steve Bisciotti matched the donation with $50,000 of his own.
Dumervil, whose parents are from Haiti, was touched by the outreach.
“It just shows you the first-class [nature] of the organization and Steve himself,” he said. “I want to personally thank you, and I appreciate it because it helps so many families back home. Back in Haiti, after seeing what happened with the hurricane, I have no words for it. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something like this, and the Ravens being side by side and helping is amazing.”