Ravens starting right tackle Adam Terry will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee Tuesday, keeping him out two to three weeks.
The procedure is needed to clean up what head coach John Harbaugh called a "slight meniscus tear on the outside," which could allow Terry to return for Baltimore's Nov. 9 matchup with the Houston Texans.
Terry missed the Ravens' last two games after leaving in the second quarter of a Week 5 loss to the Tennessee Titans with what was originally designated a sprain.
"That's something you can play with," Harbaugh said of the meniscus tear. "We've been trying to get that thing back and see if he could play with it, but he's not coming back as quick as we'd hoped."
In Terry's absence, four-time Pro Bowler Willie Anderson has been playing at right tackle, while Chris Chester has been filling in for right guard Marshal Yanda, who was recently placed on Injured Reserve with three torn knee ligaments.
Terry was originally in the mix to move inside as a potential replacement for Yanda, as well.
Even so, Chester performed admirably last Sunday in Miami, as the Ravens gained 357 total yards in a 27-13 victory over the Dolphins.
"Chris Chester came in and did a nice job," Harbaugh pointed out. "He was physical. He was up to the standard of that group with his style of play. He's got a lot to be proud of. The fact that we didn't have miscommunications back there, no real busts, that's a big credit to the whole group. They rallied around the fact that we had lost Marshal."
Koch Continues to Climb
Punter Sam Koch moved up the NFL rankings again by booming three kicks for 177 yards against the Dolphins, giving him a 59.0-yard average and a 55.7-yard net average.
Such production promoted him from eighth to seventh in the league in average punt yardage, with a 48.0-yard mark on the season.
But, it was his climb in net average, where he ascended from fifth to first by getting 42.9 yards with each boot, that is even more impressive.
Koch also placed all three of his kicks inside the 20-yard line and two of the three inside Miami's 10.
"To have two of [his punts] pin them inside the 5 in critical situations – those were big plays," Harbaugh said. "I felt the punt coverage was really good."
Harbaugh stood by linebacker Antwan Barnes' assertion that he was only helping up a teammate when he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct Sunday.
Officials issued the 15-yard penalty when Ravens safety Haruki Nakamura laid out Miami receiver Ted Ginn on a second-quarter kickoff return. Barnes told Harbaugh that he merely bent over the two players and offered a hand to Nakamura.
"Obviously, the official felt like he was leaning over and talking to the returner," the coach stated. "We take Antwan at his word. I think that's what he was trying to do, and so it's unfortunate.
"He's going to have to be careful about his body language as we go forward."
The Ravens lead the regular season series with Oakland, 3-1. The teams last met at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 17, 2006, a 28-6 Baltimore victory…After posting 105 rushing yards on 19 carries at Dolphin Stadium, running back Willis McGahee now has topped the century mark 20 times in his career…Troy Smith was listed as the Ravens' No. 2 quarterback for the first time this year, jumping over Todd Bouman after battling with an infection earlier in the season. "He looks like he's just about to where he was before, if not 100 percent," Harbaugh said. "He's progressing as a quarterback, too. I think there's some makeup ground there from a timing standpoint – throwing the ball, footwork, those kinds of things – that he's getting closer to what we saw there in training camp, where he was for that third preseason game."