The Ravens’ veteran defender is expected to miss the rest of the season in 2021.

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The Ravens’ veteran defender is expected to miss the rest of the season in 2021.

The Baltimore Ravens have lost another key player to a season-ending injury, with head coach John Harbaugh telling reporters today that veteran defensive end Derek Wolfe will not play this season.

In August, Wolfe suffered a back injury during a joint training camp with the Carolina Panthers, forcing him to go on injured reserve for the first few weeks of the regular season.

On October 26, he was activated from the injured reserve list and returned to team practices, giving Baltimore fans hope that Wolfe would return soon.

Wolfe’s three-week window to be reinstated to the Ravens’ active roster is set to close tomorrow, so he is unlikely to play a single down this season.

“This isn’t going to be a good year for that.”

“In all honesty, I believe Derek will be out for the rest of the year,” Harbaugh said this afternoon, clearly disappointed that the veteran would not be rejoining the Ravens this season.

“He’s not in a place where he’s going to be able to play,” Harbaugh said, without elaborating on the specifics of Wolfe’s injury or why he hasn’t been able to recover.

Another starting quarterback has left the Ravens.

If Wolfe does miss the rest of the season, he will join Ronnie Stanley, DeShon Elliott, Marcus Peters, JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and LJ Fort as the Ravens’ seventh starter to be ruled out.

With a career-high 51 tackles and a team-high 82.8 run defense grade from Pro Football Focus in 2020, the veteran defensive lineman joined the Ravens from the Denver Broncos before the 2020 season, quickly establishing himself as one of Baltimore’s best run defenders.

Wolfe, on the other hand, struggled as a pass rusher, recording only 14 total quarterback pressures in a single season, the lowest total of his career.

With Wolfe out for the season, the Ravens will rely even more on veteran Calais Campbell, who has returned to All-Pro form as a game-changing presence in the Ravens’ interior defense this season.

But he’ll need assistance from second-year defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, who was billed as a breakout candidate in the preseason but has yet to deliver.

Broderick Washington Jr. and Justin ‘Jelly’ Ellis will continue to see more snaps, while Kahlil McKenzie, a two-way lineman, is a candidate to…

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