Ravens starting right guard Chris Chester could miss the next two weeks due to a case of cellulitis, coach John Harbaugh said after the team's 37-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
Cellulitis is defined by The Mayo Clinic as a serious bacterial skin infection that can spread rapidly and is potentially serious. Cellulitis can affect the tissue lying beneath and skin and can spread through the bloodstream to the lymph nodes. Common symptoms include pain, swelling and a fever, and The Mayo Clinic strongly recommends immediate medical attention if these symptoms occur.
"So he's probably going to be a week or two until it can calm down," Harbaugh said. "We'll just have to see how he is."Chester, who started the team's first nine games at right guard, was hospitalized Thursday night and was deactivated prior to Sunday's contest.
"The fever is going down," said Harbaugh, who was unsure whether Chester had been released from the hospital. "They went back a second time and cleaned it out because his fever spiked."
Tony Moll made his first start at right guard since Sept. 21, 2008 in place of Chester, and Harbaugh said the fifth-year veteran did not fare badly.
"Tony looked like he played well, from what I can tell," Harbaugh said.