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Defensive end Brent Urban is 'healthy,' ready to return off injured reserve

Ravens defensive end Brent Urban, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL and spent the first eight weeks of this season on injured reserve with a designation to return after he tore his biceps in training camp, is eligible to return after the bye and is on schedule to do so, coach John Harbaugh said.

"He's soon to be up," Harbaugh said. "I anticipate that as soon as he's able to practice, he will practice because he's healthy. He looks pretty good in there right now. I'm not saying 100-percent healthy, but he's right there and he's really excited to get going."

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Every team can place a return designation on one injured reserve player each season, which means the player must sit out for eight weeks before being activated. A player can return to practice as early as six weeks after being placed on injured reserve, but must be activated within 21 days of first taking the practice field, or revert back to injured reserve.

Urban has not practiced yet because the bye week would have been wasted time against that 21-day clock. The first game he is eligible is the first of the second half, on Nov. 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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But Harbaugh anticipates he will be back practicing soon, and can make an impact on a defensive front that has been one of the Ravens' strengths this year.

"I don't know if you'd say Brent Urban is going to be some kind of premier pass rusher," Harbaugh said. "I don't think he's [that], but maybe he'll develop into that and we'll all be excited. But he's going to pressure the quarterback. He's going to get pushback, he's going to get knockback, he's going to create problems just because of his leverage and his size.

At 6-foot-7, Urban was a project with injury concerns when the Ravens selected him in the fourth round of the NFL Draft last season. He suffered a torn ACL in college, and also dealt with an ankle injury as a senior. But the feeling was he could be impactful as a defensive end in their 3-4 defense.

The Ravens haven't had many looks at him — he hasn't even played a preseason game in the last two seasons, though he's been an impressive player in workouts and the early portions of training camp that he played.

"He's definitely going to be hard to throw the ball around," Harbaugh said. "I think if nothing else, at the very least, he's going to get batted balls. That's going to be good for us. But he's such a young player, we're just going to have to find out what kind of player he is once he gets out there and gets going again."

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