OWINGS MILLS – Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil says all signs were pointing to him playing Sunday against the Jaguars. Dumervil has missed the first two games recovering from offseason foot surgery, but he practiced both Wednesday and Thursday.
“The good thing is, every time I wake up it feels the same,” Dumervil said after Thursday’s practice. “I’m not going backwards.
“That’s what I’m shooting for (Sunday). I’m shooting to try and go out as soon as I can. I just need to find my strength, getting explosive where I feel like I’m me. I’m excited.”
Dumervil and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs have not played a game together since Week 1 of 2015, when Suggs suffered his season-ending Achilles injury. When Dumervil and Suggs played a full season together in 2014, they combined for 29 sacks, making them the NFL’s top sack tandem.
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Dumervil could be on a snap count if he plays Sunday, but his presence will give Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles somebody else to worry about.
“Obviously, he’s a really good player,” Bortles said of Dumervil. “With those two guys coming off the edge, they put you in one-on-one matchups up front with the offensive line. That’s kind of what they want to do. Your offensive line has to play pretty good in order to slow down those two.”
Suggs was excited about the possibility of having Dumervil back in action.
“It’s good when you get one of your best players back on the field,” Suggs said. “We’re slowly but surely getting our guys back.”