Matt Skura Reveals Scope of Major Knee Injury


As the Ravens' season ended, center Matt Skura's rehabilitation process is still in its infancy.

Skura revealed Sunday the full scope of his knee injury, telling reporters that he tore his ACL, MCL and PCL, and dislocated his knee cap when he went down on Nov. 25 in Los Angeles.

"It was a lot of force that went into my knee," Skura said.

Skura said he will split his time rehabbing between Baltimore and his home in Charlotte, N.C. His aim is to be back for next year's training camp, but he's not sure how realistic that is at this point. He's making quick progress in his post-surgery recovery, but it's too early to put an accurate timetable on his return.

Skura said he's leaned on veteran guard Marshal Yanda for support, as Yanda suffered a major knee injury in his second season and returned to become a dominant player.

"I know he was able to get back and obviously had a really good career after it happened, too, so that's definitely my goal, something that I'm going to be working toward every day," Skura said.

"We're not going to push it, either. I've got to listen to my body as well and make sure that it's feeling good and feeling stable, and we'll make plans from there."

Skura was having a very strong year anchoring the middle of the Ravens' offensive line. Undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari stepped in well down the stretch, but after Baltimore was beaten in the trenches at critical times in the playoff loss, Skura's absence stings even more.

The emotional toll of the injury has been the toughest part so far, and Skura said his wife is making sure he's upbeat and setting constant goals for himself.

Further complicating matters is that Skura will be a restricted free agent this offseason, meaning he'll be on the lookout to see a tender, and at what level, the Ravens place on him.

In more injury news, tight end Mark Andrews also said he was fighting through a "little bit of a high ankle" sprain in Saturday's loss, but still plans to play in the Pro Bowl.

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