Samari Rolle won't be available in the Ravens' season opener because of a neck injury.
But that doesn't mean he won't be around all year. The 12-year veteran will be on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of a neck injury that has plagued him all offseason.
A player who begins the regular season on the PUP list must sit out his team's first six games. Once the player begins practicing at that point, the team has another three weeks to put the player on the active roster or move to Injured Reserve.
Rolle has already seen two specialists, and the results came back positive.
"We just found out today," said head coach John Harbaugh. "Samari has a chance to come back and play this year. He will be on PUP. He's going to have some more work done to shore it up. We'll be safer with it. If there's no risk or reasonable risk, he'll have a chance to help us down the stretch. He was excited about it."
The Ravens weren't so sure Rolle would be able to play all year, even though he re-signed with the team in April in what was a four-year contract.
Baltimore was hoping to have the former Pro Bowler as their first nickel back, but Rolle hadn't practiced in offseason minicamps or training camp.
In fact, he was seen around the training camp practice fields watching from the sideline with an electronic stimulus device patched on his neck.
"I think he was feeling it was going to go the other way," Harbaugh continued. "I was feeling it was going the other way. It's good news."
Rolle was not available for comment during the hour on Monday when the locker room is open to media.
With Rolle landing on PUP and the Ravens waiving wideouts Biren Ealy and Bradon Godfrey, and quarterback Drew Willy, Baltimore still must trim one more name off the roster to make it to the NFL-mandated limit of 75 players by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Rolle's absence means that cornerback/returner Chris Carr will likely step into the top nickel role. Over three preseason contests, Carr has notched five tackles playing with the starting defense.