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Ravens designate DE Derek Wolfe to return from injured reserve

The Ravens designated defensive end Derek Wolfe to return from injured reserve, and he participated in the team’s bye-week workout Tuesday.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Wolfe was “very, very close to returning.” He had previously said the 10-year veteran needed to rebuild his football conditioning after he was sidelined by a back injury suffered during the Ravens’ joint practices with the Carolina Panthers in mid-August. Though Wolfe briefly returned to practice after the injury, he has not played this season.

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Wolfe will reinforce a defensive front that struggled in Sunday’s 41-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He will have up to 21 days to practice before the Ravens have to decide whether to add him to their active roster.

The 31-year-old lineman helped hold the Ravens defense together last season as the team coped with injuries and a COVID-19 outbreak that decimated the roster. He made 51 tackles, including six for loss, in 14 games, and the Ravens rewarded him with a three-year, $12-million contract in the offseason.

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