Ravens outside linebacker Steven Means tore his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins and will miss the rest of the season, coach John Harbaugh announced Monday.
Means, 32, was carted off the field early in the second quarter after a carry by Miami running back Raheem Mostert. It was his only play of the game.
“Great guy,” Harbaugh said of Means, who had two tackles in Week 1. “We appreciate him very much.”
Means is the second Ravens outside linebacker to suffer an Achilles injury over the past two months. Vince Biegel, an offseason addition who’d impressed in training camp and likely would’ve made the 53-man roster, was lost for the year during an early-August practice.
Means’ injury leaves the Ravens with just two healthy outside linebackers on their 53-man roster: Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston. Practice squad outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell was released Monday, leaving rookie Jeremiah Moon as the only other player at the position available for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Inside linebacker Malik Harrison has also lined up along the edge.
Along with Means, the Ravens placed inside linebacker Josh Ross on injured reserve Monday, meaning he’ll miss at least the team’s next four games. Ross, an undrafted rookie from Michigan, suffered a foot injury Sunday and can return in Week 7.
Ross hasn’t played a defensive snap for the Ravens but has been among the team’s leaders in special teams snaps, playing 18 in both Week 1 and Week 2.
- Harbaugh said cornerback Marcus Peters was on “a bit of a pitch count” in Sunday’s 42-38 loss to Miami. In his first game since tearing his ACL last preseason, Peters played 44 defensive snaps (62% total). “He was good,” Harbaugh said. “There’s a play or two he’s going to want back, for sure. He’s kind of feeling the speed of the game a little bit, I think. He’s going to look at that and go, ‘OK, I’ve got to keep taking the next step forward.’ But he’s a veteran player. He’s one of the most talented corners in the league. He certainly has been. And so just keep working him back into that form, and I’m excited that he’s back out there playing.”
- Harbaugh said there’s a “good chance” that the Ravens’ secondary has better health Sunday in New England. Brandon Stephens missed Sunday’s loss with a quadriceps injury, and fellow cornerback Marlon Humphrey was limited by a groin injury. Rookie Damarion “Pepe” Williams also left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, but Harbaugh indicated that Means’ injury was the only significant setback from Week 2.
- Running back J.K. Dobbins (knee) remains “week-to-week,” Harbaugh said. Dobbins, who missed all of last season with a significant knee injury, was a full participant in practice last week but was inactive for the second straight week. “When he’s ready, he’ll be out there,” Harbaugh said.
- Tight end Nick Boyle, who missed practice time in Week 1 with an ankle injury, is “close to 100% right now,” Harbaugh said. Boyle was inactive for the second straight game Sunday. “There’s a good chance he’ll be out there this week,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll just have to see. We’ve got some guys who are doing well. Josh Oliver’s been playing pretty darn good. So it just has to do with the right formula right now.”
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