Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Elvis Dumervil will have the final say in whether he can return as early as Sunday's game at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The outside linebacker has missed the first two contests of the season due to a setback related to ofseason foot surgery. Albert McClellan, who has started in Dumervil's spot in both games, has recorded just two tackles and zero sacks, and Terrell Suggs has posted just five tackles and one sack without Dumervil drawing some of the opponents' pass protection his way.
"It's really in Elvis' hands," Harbaugh said. "It's going to kind of be a feel thing for him. There's soundness there, from what I'm told, and he feels it. It's just a matter of whether he feels his strength is there and the explosion and everything he needs to go out there and compete."
The Ravens are eager for Dumervil and rookie running back Kenneth Dixon (strained medial collateral ligament in left knee) to return, but at least they're not dealing with the severity of injuries that the Browns are wading through.
Quarterback Josh McCown will not play in Sunday's game at the Miami Dolphins after suffering what coach Hue Jackson called a "deep sprain" in his left, non-throwing shoulder. Rookie Cody Kessler, a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, is expected to start.
In addition to McCown, starting center Cameron Erving was diagnosed with a pulmonary contusion while remaining overnight at an area hospital, and starting defensive end Carl Nassib, another third-round pick in April, broke his left hand and will need to undergo surgery.
Harbaugh was grateful that his team escaped Sunday's win relatively unscathed.
"When I went back and watched the tape, it was a very physical football game," he said. "Our guys are limping around here today pretty good, and I'm sure their guys are limping around there pretty good. So it was a classic AFC North game."