Ravens Sign Veteran Center Following Matt Skura's Injury


The Ravens have signed veteran center Jake Brendel to the 53-man roster following Matt Skura's season-ending knee injury.

Brendel will serve as the backup behind undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari, who stepped in and played well after Skura went down early in Monday night's game in Los Angeles.

Head Coach John Harbaugh reiterated Wednesday that he trusts Mekari to do the job, and added that it was "a joke" that he went undrafted this year.

Like Mekari and Skura, Brendel went undrafted. Brendel, 27, came out of UCLA in 2016 and signed with the Dallas Cowboys, who have one of the best offensive lines and centers (Travis Frederick) in football.

Brendel spent the summer and part of the season on their practice squad before being released and picked up by the Miami Dolphins. He was promoted to Miami's active roster later in his rookie season and played in one game.

Brendel was active for all 16 games in his second season and played in four games, including three starts, in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 299-pounder signed with the Denver Broncos this April before being released at the end of training camp.

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