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Brent Urban Hopes to Stay in Baltimore, Ravens 'All For' Re-Signing Him

Posted Jan 17, 2018

The defensive end is recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury, but he expects to be ready to go by the start of training camp.

John Harbaugh made his feelings about defensive end Brent Urban clear during his season-review press conference two weeks ago.

The Ravens head coach was rattling off injury updates on a handful of players when he came to Urban’s name, and he made sure to call out his desire to keep the pending unrestricted free agent.

“I’m all for re-signing Brent Urban, for the record,” he said.

The feeling is mutual for Urban.

The 26-year-old defensive end is recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury that ended his 2017 season just three games into the year, and he’s optimistic about continuing his career with the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2014.

“You get hurt your contract year, you’re kind of like, ‘Man, what do I do now? What’s going to happen?’ There’s a lot of uncertainty,” Urban said. “All I need to do now is get back healthy and hopefully end up back in Baltimore. I love the organization and everyone here. I feel really comfortable. It’s my second home. I’d love to be back and it’s great hearing John say that.”

Urban played well before getting hurt and earned the starting defensive end job out of training camp. He had four tackles and a pass defensed this season, but his value was most evident when the Ravens had to replace him.

The Ravens were gashed on the ground by Jacksonville and Pittsburgh immediately after Urban’s injury, and they also missed the pass rush from the 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman.

“Even though last year was short lived, it was good because I know I can be an impact player,” Urban said.

Urban’s expectation is to be ready for the start of training camp. Lisfranc injuries can be difficult to fully overcome, but he said the doctors have estimated the recovery time to be about seven months.

He’s out of a walking boot now and is close to running, and he has experience in working his way back from difficult injuries. He’s come back from a torn ACL and torn biceps during his NFL career, and he knows how to handle an arduous rehabilitation process.

“I kind of know what my body needs, what I need to work on, what I do well, all of that kind of stuff,” he said.

“I’ve been successful coming back from injuries in the past here. The formula has worked. I’ve played well within the defense. I feel comfortable around the coaches. The defense isn’t changing next year. It makes sense to come back and just not get hurt next year.”

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