The Ravens got some bad news on the injury front this afternoon. Guard Kelechi Osemele had been battling back problems for most of the season. After missing most of the Miami game, K.O. blamed his back spasms on a bad mattress at his hotel.
However, he was a bit ominous earlier this week, saying that he wasn’t 100% and would need back surgery after the season. Just a few days later though, the case is that Osemele will have to have that surgery sooner rather than later, and will miss the rest of the 2013 season.
“He’s not going to play in this game and, going forward, his chances of him playing the rest of the year are probably pretty slim,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said on Friday. “There’s a good chance that 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. We’ll move forward on that with the guys that we have and we’ll be in good shape.”
Osemele had made every start (some at guard, some at tackle) since being drafted in the second round out of Iowa State in 2012. Now he will be replaced by A.Q. Shipley at left guard. Here’s hoping that Shipley is better than an injured K.O., who – due to his injury more than anything else – has not played up to the standard he set in his rookie year here in his sophomore campaign.
We also, of course, wish K.O. a full and speedy recovery.
RAVENS Game Status
OUT: G Kelechi Osemele (back/knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brandon Stokley (thigh)
PROBABLE: LB Josh Bynes (finger/thigh); DT Terrence Cody (knee); C Ryan Jensen (foot); T Michael Oher (ankle); RB Bernard Pierce (thigh)
RAVENS Injury Report
Did Not Participate: G Kelechi Osemele (back/knee)
Limited Participation: WR Brandon Stokley (thigh)
Full Participation: LB Josh Bynes (finger/thigh); DT Terrence Cody (knee); C Ryan Jensen (foot); T Michael Oher (ankle); RB Bernard Pierce (thigh)
Cleveland Browns Game Status
QUESTIONABLE: LB Quentin Groves (ankle); DL Billy Wynn (quad)
PROBABLE: DT Desmond Bryant (thumb); RB Willis McGahee (knee); RB Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs); DB Chris Owens (finger); LB Jabaal Sheard (wrist)
Cleveland Browns Injury Report
Limited Participation: LB Quentin Groves (ankle); DL Billy Wynn (quad)
Full Participation: DT Desmond Bryant (thumb); RB Willis McGahee (knee); RB Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs); DB Chris Owens (finger); LB Jabaal Sheard (wrist)
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