It looks like the Ravens will be without emerging defensive lineman Willie Henry for at least some time early in the regular season.
Head Coach John Harbaugh announced after Saturday’s preseason game in Miami that Henry underwent surgery to repair an umbilical hernia, which is when the intestine protrudes through an opening in the abdominal muscles.
“It’s not football related, but maybe had been there and just kind of opened up on him a little bit. He had surgery for that, so he’ll be a few weeks,” Harbaugh said.
Henry is a player the Ravens are excited about this season as a potential breakout candidate on their defensive line. Veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs pointed to him as the defense’s emerging young talent.
Henry started three of his 14 games played last season and made 33 tackles and 3 ½ sacks with five passes defensed. He’s perhaps Baltimore’s best pass-rushing interior defensive lineman, forming a strong combination with Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce.
Without Henry, the Ravens will likely turn to second-year lineman Chris Wormley and perhaps rookie seventh-round pick Zach Sieler. Wormley has been practicing well and notched his first career sack in Saturday’s win.
Harbaugh also confirmed that rookie tight end Hayden Hurst did have surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot and will miss 3-4 weeks. Harbaugh said both Hurst and Henry will be week-to-week once the regular season starts.
Check out the best shots from Saturday night's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.