Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Arthur Brown had sports hernia surgery earlier in the month when the team had their rookie mini-camp in the first weekend of May. The procedure will hold him from participating in this week’s organized team activities from May 21-23. The linebacker is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but should be ready for training camp.
Despite the injury, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh expressed little to no concerns about the rookie linebacker as he discussed the situation via baltimoreravens.com, saying “he should be fine soon enough.”
While a bit unexpected, the latest situation is just another turn in the wild events that have occurred for the Ravens this season so far. Inside linebacker Ray Lewis retired after the Super Bowl, which led to the Ravens using their second-round pick on the Brown, who came out of Kansas State.
The Ravens had another retirement, but not one you would expect. 23-year-old Rolando McClain retired due to his off-the-field issues after the Ravens signed him to a low one-year deal with incentives in April. The Ravens still hold his rights if he were to return, as they have him on the reserve/retired list. Dannell Ellerbe, who departed for a $35 million contract by the Miami Dolphins, was believed to be well out the Ravens price range.
So with three inside linebackers gone, the Ravens are left with limited experience at the position in Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan holding the fort for now as veteran linebacker Jameel McClain recovers from back surgery.