OWINGS MILLS – Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil said he had offseason foot surgery, but expects to return at some point during training camp. Dumervil is not on the field during mandatory minicamp, but is already feeling better than he did most of last season.
“Last season was brutal,” Dumervil said following Wednesday’s practice. “You don’t feel sorry for yourself. You play every game that you can possibly play. I was hurting, but that doesn’t make me want to not play anymore. With that being said, it was something I saw in the offseason that I had to get done.
“At this point, I feel good. I’m ready to start getting after it. As far as getting healthier and getting my body back in football shape, once that happens (at) some point in training camp, I’ll be ready to go for the season.”
Dumervil was held to six sacks last season, his lowest total since 2008. He was often double-teamed after Terrell Suggs went down in Week 1 with a season-ending Achilles injury. However, with Suggs returning, and the Ravens drafting Bronson Kaufusi, Kamalei Correa, and Matt Judon to fortify their pass rush, Dumervil hopes for a more productive season.
“No excuses,” Dumervil said. “I didn’t feel like myself, and that’s why I was able to go ahead and get the procedure done. I feel a lot better. I’m excited and I feel healthy again, which I don’t take for granted.”