Ravens second-year defensive end Brent Urban, who has missed the entire season with a torn biceps, has been cleared to practice, the team announced Monday. Urban has been removed from the injured list – designated to return, where he had been after suffering the injury during training camp. The Ravens have a 21-day window to activate Urban, or he will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Injuries have plagued Urban since the Ravens drafted him in the fourth round last year. He suffered a torn ACL during training camp last year and missed his entire rookie season. However, the Ravens are intrigued by Urban’s size (6-foot-7, 295 pounds) and potential. Assuming he stays healthy, Urban is expected to become part of the defensive line rotation.
“I don’t know if you’d say Brent Urban is going to be some kind of premier pass rusher,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week. “Maybe he’ll develop into that, and we’ll all be excited. But he’s going to pressure the quarterback. He’s going to get pushback. He’s going to get knockback. He’s going to create problems just because of his leverage and size, and he’s going to be definitely hard to throw the ball around. I think if nothing else, at the very least, he’s going to get batted balls, and that’s going to be good for us. He’s such a young player. We’re going to have to find out what kind of player he is once he gets out there and gets going again.”
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