Carroll County Times

Ravens guard Osemele likely to miss remainder of season

OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens will likely be moving forward without one of the key pieces of their offensive line.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh announced Friday that left guard Kelechi Osemele is unlikely to play again this year because of an issue with his back and will probably undergo surgery.
A.Q. Shipley will take over as the starter at left guard.
Osemele, the Ravens' second round pick last year, dealt with the same problem last season, but he said last week that his back has become more of an issue this year.
He practiced Wednesday, but he didn't practice Thursday or Friday. Shipley said Osemele was noticeably bothered by the back on Thursday.
"The back was just getting a little worse and a little worse," Harbaugh said. "And we went back in and looked at it, and there's some things that need to be taken care of."
Osemele missed most of the Ravens' game against the Dolphins in Week 5 because of the back, but he played in the other six games and graded out well against the Steelers two weeks ago, according to Pro Football Focus.
"It's tough," Baltimore right guard Marshal Yanda said. "We feel bad for the guy, having the back injury. He's been fighting through it so far this season. It's just a tough deal.
"We all hope for a good surgery and a healthy recovery, but next man up. A.Q is going to step up and roll."
Shipley is primarily a center, but he filled in for Osemele against Miami and said he has been practicing at left guard since that game.
"I feel very comfortable," Shipley said.
Shipley has started just five games since entering the NFL in 2009, but he made all five of those starts for the Colts last season and graded out well in those games, according to PFF.
"He's always played well whenever he's played," Harbaugh said. "He'll play well."
Harbaugh said Jah Reid will see playing time at left guard as well.
"I'm excited to see how they play going forward," Harbaugh said. "We'll actually be better there I think with a healthier player."