OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens are likely to be without one of their top draft picks until training camp.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that second-round linebacker Arthur Brown had sports hernia surgery shortly following the conclusion of Baltimore's rookie minicamp two weeks ago. The surgery typically takes four to six weeks to recover. But while Brown appears likely to be miss each of the Ravens' three organized team activities (OTAs) and a mandatory three-day minicamp that begins June 11, he's expected to be fully recovered by the time Baltimore begins training camp in late July.
"He's recovering from that," Harbaugh said of Brown. "It's a four-to-six week deal and he should be fine soon enough."
Once he returns to the field, Brown is expected to challenge for one of Baltimore's two starting jobs at inside linebacker. He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Kansas State last season.
The inside linebacker position, of course, is one of the Ravens' biggest question marks after the retirement of Ray Lewis, the departure of Dannell Ellerbe as a free agent and with the status of Jameel McClain still unclear as he works back from the spinal cord injury that ended his season last year.