A setback related to the foot surgery he underwent in the offseason will prevent Elvis Dumervil from playing in the Ravens' season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.
The 32-year-old outside linebacker revealed Wednesday afternoon that the injury will force him to miss his first season opener since the 2010 campaign when he sat out the entire year because of a torn pectoral.
"I won't be able to go this week," Dumervil said. "So we're just working at it in the training room, just getting ready.
"...It's one of those things where your body kind of tells you when it's ready," he said later. "So we're all pushing. We wanted it to be Week 1, but unfortunately, it wasn't."
Dumervil did not participate in Wednesday's practice and has not worked out with the team since being activated off the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 22. That is right around the time Dumervil acknowledged he had "a minor setback."
The 5-foot-11, 250-pound Dumervil, who collected six sacks last season after registering a franchise-record 17 in 2014, declined to outline a timetable for his return.
"I don't want to start shooting out numbers and weeks," he said. "We'll just see. We're working really hard, and the training staff is working really hard with me. Just doing my very best to get out there as soon as I can. So I don't know when the time can be. It can be next week or the following week. I don't know."
Albert McClellan started in Dumervil's spot in the first three preseason games, and Za'Darius Smith and Matthew Judon could see some time against the Bills. Even though McClellan has not started in a contest since 2012 and has just two sacks in his career, Dumervil said he is not worried about McClellan.
"He's been doing a great job all preseason, all camp," Dumervil said. "So he's a veteran. He's a guy that's been around the league and has done it. He's one of our core guys on special teams, and he's been dominating that phase the past few years. So he's capable, and we're all confident in him playing on defense."