Among the 14 Ravens players missing from Saturday's practice, perhaps the most curious absence is that of outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who has not practiced since Aug. 22, when he was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The 32-year-old Dumervil went from a franchise-record 17 sacks in 2014 to just six last season and revealed in June that he underwent foot surgery to address a nagging issue. The fact that the 5-foot-11, 250-pound projected starter has participated in just one practice since being activated raises a red flag about Dumervil's availability for the team's season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Coach John Harbaugh said the team is being cautious with Dumervil, who is tied for the third-most sacks in the NFL since his first season in the league in 2006.
"It's all in the doctors' hands and Elvis' hands," Harbaugh said. "He came off the PUP, and he worked a couple of days. I really don't have an answer for that. It just depends how it progresses and how it feels. When he's cleared to practice fully, he will be out there. I support him practicing fully; it won't be until he is ready."
Albert McClellan has started the Ravens' first three preseason games at Dumervil's spot. But McClellan has collected just two sacks in six years and hasn't started a game since 2012.