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Elvis Dumervil won’t play vs. Bills

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One of the two best edge-rushers on Baltimore’s roster won’t suit up against Buffalo in Week 1.

There’s no speculation here. Elvis Dumervil himself said he won’t play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

On June 15, Jeff Zrebiec reported that Dumervil had offseason foot surgery. The 32-year-old pass-rusher was taken off Baltimore’s PUP list on August 22, which made it plausible that he’d be ready for the regular-season opener. However, Dumervil didn’t practice after that day.

After setting a franchise record with 17 sacks in 2014, Dumervil had six sacks in 2015. On the team’s official website, he’s listed as the starting SAM linebacker.

Zrebiec when on to tweet about other Ravens injuries:

Kenneth Dixon, one of Baltimore’s fourth-round picks in the 2016 draft, has been sidelined since August 28 with an MCL tear.

If healthy, Jerraud Powers would likely be the team’s starting nickel cornerback. At the very least, he’d be a situational secondary contributor. He was signed to a one-year deal in May and has played with the Colts and Cardinals.

Likely jumping into the vacancy created by Dumervil’s absence is 2015 fourth-rounder Za’Darius Smith, who totaled 5.5 sacks in 15 games as a rookie. Also, veteran Albert McClellan and rookie second-rounder Kamalei Correa can fill in for Dumervil opposite Terrell Suggs. Fifth-round rookie Matt Judon, who had a strong preseason, could contribute off the edge too.

Fourth-year corner Will Davis, and rookie Tavon Young should take over Powers’ responsibilities if the 2009 third-round pick can’t go.

Though he’s past the prime of his career, not having to face the unique Dumervil off the edge is a nice luxury for Buffalo’s offensive line.