"It's not a season-ender, major injury, or anything like that. It's a calf strain. So, we'll see where that goes," said Harbaugh on Calais Campbell injury.
Ravens starting defensive end Calais Campbell’s strained calf is not a season-ending injury, coach John Harbaugh said Monday, but he could be out for at least a few weeks.
Campbell, 34, will likely miss “multiple weeks,” according to the NFL Network, and potentially as many as four. Harbaugh declined to offer a timetable for his return but said it was not a major injury. The Ravens face the New England Patriots (2-5), Tennessee Titans (6-2) and Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) later this month.
“It’s a calf strain, so we’ll see where that goes,” Harbaugh said at his weekly Monday news conference.
Campbell, who went down in pain on the Ravens' first defensive series Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, has started 98 straight games, a span that stretches to 2014 and includes appearances for the Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has four sacks and six tackles for loss this season, both team highs.
After the Ravens' 24-10 win in Indianapolis, Harbaugh praised defensive end Derek Wolfe’s “outstanding" play. On Monday, he also noted rookie defensive lineman Justin Maduike’s hustle in limiting Colts running back Jonathan Taylor to a 5-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. A shoestring tackle kept Taylor from breaking into the open field and forced Indianapolis into a third-and-5, which it couldn’t convert.
“He really showed some great acceleration and went and got it just on a pursuit, effort play,” Harbaugh said. “That was a tremendous football play. It really made a difference for us. He played really well. He was very physical. He played like we like to play, as far as our techniques inside there. He’s learning that as he goes. He’s getting more consistent with that. He’s got all the ability to do it. Brings a little bit in the pass rush inside, with his physicality. I think he’s been more of a force every single game that he’s played in there.”
Elsewhere on the Ravens' banged-up defense, inside linebacker L.J. Fort’s finger injury is “not a long-term thing,” Harbaugh said. Fort missed his first game this season Sunday after being added to the injury report Saturday. In his place, Chris Board and rookie Malik Harrison “played really well,” Harbaugh said, despite missing practice last week because of COVID-19 protocols. Harrison finished with a team-high 11 tackles in 52 total snaps.
“I thought Mike Macdonald, our linebacker coach, did a great job with those guys, getting them ready to play with very few mistakes,” Harbaugh said. “They played super hard. They were both done at the end of the game, physically. They just left it all out there.”
Rookie cornerback Khalil Dorsey, meanwhile, dislocated his shoulder Sunday and will miss a couple of weeks, Harbaugh said. Dorsey has appeared in six games this season but has played just four defensive snaps. The Ravens have already placed three cornerbacks — Tavon Young, Anthony Averett and Iman Marshall — on injured reserve this season.