The Baltimore Ravens are ready to put left guard Kelechi Osemele on IR to end his season as his back continues to fail him as the season goes on.
A lot has been made of the horrible execution along the Ravens’ offensive line, and Osemele has been part of that. But no one can blame him for trying to stick it out and play as the Ravens need continuity on their offensive line to help anchor an offense that is still trying to find themselves entering Week 9.
“I think the chances of him playing the rest of this year are probably pretty slim,” Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh noted via Baltimoreravens.com. “There’s a good chance he’s going to get surgery here real soon. I don’t want to say for sure 100 percent because I don’t know if I’m authorized to say that, but I would anticipate that right now.”
The good news for the Ravens is the fact that they can’t go anywhere but up with this offensive line. A.Q. Shipley is expected to take over the left guard spot, and it might not be a bad thing.
The last time Shipley came into the starting lineup for the Ravens occurred in Week 5 when the Ravens had their best rushing output on the season as they rushed for 133 yards on the day against the Miami Dolphins, so it could be a sign for things to come.
“We’ll actually be better there with a healthier player,” Harbaugh said. “You want your guys at 100 percent, so A.Q. has played well, he’s played very well when he’s been in there. He’s a football player. He’s always played well whenever he’s played.”
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