Second-year defensive end Brent Urban has a torn biceps, Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed after Saturday's practice.
The injury happened during Thursday's practice.
"Very rare injury," Harbaugh said. "He was reaching – it wasn't even a really physical deal, just a fluke thing, it tore."
Urban will get surgery and is expected to miss 12-14 weeks, per Harbaugh. That means he could make a return later this season if he is placed on in the injured reserve – designated for return list.
Urban suffered almost the same exact injury as safety Matt Elam, who tore his biceps last week. The Ravens will evaluate at the end of training camp whether they will place Elam or Urban on the designated to return list. Teams can only have one player with such a designation.
Baltimore was leaning on Urban to take on a heavier load this season, and had high hopes for the strong-handed, 6-foot-7, 295-pound mauler out of Virginia. He was slated to be in a rotation with veteran starter Chris Canty.
"Personally, I was really counting on him," Harbaugh said. "I thought he would really shine, and I still think he will."
It's a sad development for Urban especially considering he missed all of last season due to a torn ACL, which he also suffered in training camp.
Urban unfortunately has an injury history. He played in just three games during his freshman [AT WHERE] year because he was slowed by an injury, then sat out a few games during his senior year because of an ankle ailment, which also delayed his start in the NFL.
Harbaugh said he's had serious injuries four straight years.
"That has been a bugaboo for him that he's going to have to overcome," Harbaugh said. "But knowing this guy, he's going to fight like crazy to do it.
"In terms of the long picture of his career, that's going to be the thing. He's going to have to stay healthy. As his body matures, become more flexible, become more powerful through the full range of motion, because he's such a tall guy, he's going to have to find a way to stay healthy, and I believe he will."
Without Urban, Canty will likely get more snaps, and defensive ends Kapron Lewis-Moore, Christo Bilukidi and defensive tackles Carl Davis and Lawrence Guy could also see more action.
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