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Ravens lose Boldin for balance of the regular season

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To win the AFC North and nail down a bye and at least one playoff game at home, the Ravens need only to beat the Browns at home on Saturday and the Bengals in Cincinnati next Sunday.

If the Ravens are going to do it, they’ll need to do it without receiver Anquan Boldin.

Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that receiver Anquan Boldin will miss the next two games, after surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

“Anquan Boldin is getting surgery this afternoon,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.  “He’s got a slight tear in his meniscus.  It flapped up on him, I think it was Tuesday night after the walkthrough.  He’s going to have to get it repaired.

“It’s a two-week thing.  It’s two weeks and he’ll be back for the playoffs, whatever round we happen to play in.  It will be a little bit tighter if we have to play in the first round.”

Dr. James Andrews will be performing the surgery on Thursday afternoon in Alabama.

The absence of Boldin means that Lee Evans and Torrey Smith will have increased chances to contribute.  “It’s time to step up,” Smith said.  “Coach Harbaugh told us it’s the next man up.”

Though deep threats primarily, Evans and Smith have the skills to perform at a high level.  And if the Ravens need a short-term possession receiver, they can always dial up Derrick Mason.

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39 Responses to “Ravens lose Boldin for balance of the regular season”
  1. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:00 PM

    We still have Tim Tebow. All is well.

  2. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:01 PM

    Tim Tebow has tear proof meniscus.

  3. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:03 PM

    For the balance of the regular season, Tim Tebow will dominate.

  4. geniusesq says: Dec 22, 2011 2:03 PM

    2 Weeks for a torn meniscus sounds ambitions. Hopefully he can help the Ravens make a run.

  5. southpaw2k says: Dec 22, 2011 2:08 PM

    GULP.

    Here’s hoping the Ravens don’t end up needing/missing Boldin for those two games. And if they can lock down a bye in the playoffs, he should be 100% by the time they have to play in their first game in January.

  6. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:12 PM

    On Christmas morning, pray for Tim Tebow.

  7. pitchblack816 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:14 PM

    As much as I hate to say it, we might need to re-sign Mase. He already knows the system and can play immediately. Plus he already has the timing down with Flacco. In Ozzie we trust.

  8. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:14 PM

    Great joy is brought to all by Tim Tebow.

  9. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Dec 22, 2011 2:16 PM

    We’ll definitely miss his presence over the middle but with the way Dickson and Pitta have played I think we’ll be fine. Lets home Killa Cam can find a way to use those burners in Evans and Smith to their full potential. We haven’t seen those two out there together very much if at all. I’m sure Doss will get some looks. David Reed can sit on it and spin as far as I’m concerned.

  10. jpoppl says: Dec 22, 2011 2:21 PM

    UH OH!!!!!

  11. iluvwikileaks says: Dec 22, 2011 2:24 PM

    I love when Ratbirds hurt:)

  12. holeinone09 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:27 PM

    Go Browns!

    Signed,

    A Steeler fan

  13. tdk24 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:32 PM

    Flacco, still overrated.

  14. jeepin08 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:34 PM

    It doesnt matter for the next two weeks the Ravens will run the rock. And after that, they will run the rock some more. Let the T.E.’s take care of 3rd and short. They will need Boldin after the first round bye.

  15. youguysaretotalnerds says: Dec 22, 2011 2:35 PM

    Boldin is good but hasn’t really been a #1 receiver this year. Ravens could throw Pitta or Dickson in the slot and it would be a very small dropoff in speed and ability at the position. That’s not an insult. Boldin is not quick, and Dickson and Pitta have played great.

    As far as next year, hard to see the Ravens paying Boldin $6 mill.

  16. ffjesus says: Dec 22, 2011 2:39 PM

    W.W.T.D. ???

  17. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:40 PM

    Go Tim Tebow!

    Signed,

    A Tim Tebow fan

  18. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Dec 22, 2011 2:51 PM

    It’s called a blessing in disguise. Now, Boldin gets to fully heal up from all his bumps and bruises, coach up the youngsters, and come back with a Super Bowl appetite! Plus, Torrey Smith can accelerate his rookie season growth, and Lee Evans can forge a more prominent role. All is well in Charm City!

  19. ravensfan4life52 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:51 PM

    Time to see what Tandon Doss can do!

  20. rickster8 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:52 PM

    Maybe that explains why he SUCKED this year??? Don’t worry Ravens fans, y’all won’t miss his 2 catches per game… :(

  21. runrickyrun34 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:02 PM

    “And on the 7th day God created TIM TEBOW (loud echoing voice)….and hamburgers.”

    I’m a Boldin fan but while you have him on the table could you do a double hand transplant…maybe with a cousin of Calvin Johnson’s?

  22. jamaltimore says: Dec 22, 2011 3:02 PM

    Wow, maybe that’s why he was having no seperation sunday night. He’s a beast he’ll be back but Ravens will be lucky to be #1 seed.

  23. psuravens19 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:23 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Dec 22, 2011 2:51 PM

    Time to see what Tandon Doss can do!

    _______________________________

    I doubt it… he hasn’t been active all year. I’m assuming Laquan Williams will get the call; which I’m okay with.

  24. ravensfan4life52 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:40 PM

    @psuravens19

    I would be fine with that too. I just want the Ravens to give their young guys a chance before going out and getting Mase back.

  25. icyhuckh20 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:58 PM

    they said randy moss wants to be a raven for xmas.What do yall think? I say bring him santa please

  26. psuravens19 says: Dec 22, 2011 4:07 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Dec 22, 2011 3:40 PM
    @psuravens19

    I would be fine with that too. I just want the Ravens to give their young guys a chance before going out and getting Mase back.

    ______________________________

    I agree and I like Doss, but this isn’t the time of year to see what they can do? This is crunch time.

    We will do just fine with Smith, Lee, Williams, Pitta and Dickson. IMO

  27. grpatriot says: Dec 22, 2011 4:08 PM

    A. The Patriots will have the # 1 seed
    B. Without the bye, it’ll be tough for him to be back for that one.
    C. Flacco

  28. naanunaanu says: Dec 22, 2011 4:35 PM

    Glitter glitter floss floss its time to call Randy MOSSSSS

  29. ravensj5 says: Dec 22, 2011 4:40 PM

    3 years ago….Boldin broke his face and only missed 2 games…he is the original beast!

    Go Rams!

  30. nfloracle says: Dec 22, 2011 4:44 PM

    His meniscus flapped up on him.

    Geez, I bet a kid would get a week’s suspension from high school for saying this in class.

    Sounds like an injury I’d just as soon not experience.

  31. burghman says: Dec 22, 2011 5:09 PM

    Sorry for Boldin, but couldn’t happen to a crappier team. Me thinks I smell an upset in Cincy!

  32. critter69 says: Dec 22, 2011 5:55 PM

    nfloracle ??

    You think referencing a knee would be ‘sexy’, and cause a student to be expelled from high school?

    Or a shoulder? Sternum? Neck/jaw?

    In humans the meniscus is present in the knee, acromioclavicular, sternoclavicular, and temporomandibular joints.

    In other words, don’t you think a bit of research in the future might save you from an embarassing post?

  33. critter69 says: Dec 22, 2011 5:59 PM

    burghman wrote:
    “Sorry for Boldin, but couldn’t happen to a crappier team. Me thinks I smell an upset in Cincy!”

    When an upset occurs, the team that is overwhelmingly expected to lose wins.

    So if you think the Ravens are ‘a crappier team’ (meaning you think they are a bad team), it won’t be an upset if they lose.

    Maybe you would like to rethink your post?

  34. zippy33 says: Dec 22, 2011 6:15 PM

    Why do “Steeler Fans” post such turd comments? Most everyone i know from PA, is not a troll, like the people that post on here. Be a fan, not a “hater”=stupid, moronic, jackwagon, s.o.b., whiner, crybaby etc. Did I miss anyone from Pittsburgh?

  35. ravenator says: Dec 22, 2011 6:52 PM

    @burghman

    So if the Ravens are a crappy team, what’s that say about the sweep to your beloved stoolers.

  36. treydawg69 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:08 AM

    Bengals will beat the Ravens in week 17 with or without Boldin. Should have beat them in week 11. Bengals will sneak into the playoffs. Ravens will not want to see them again. Who Dey!

  37. dwayston says: Dec 23, 2011 4:23 AM

    Tandon Doss, you’re up. Cleveland would be a suitable opponent to see what the kid can do. I’m ready!!

  38. naanunaanu says: Dec 23, 2011 9:58 AM

    Haha silly bungle fans thinking they have a chance . That team and organization is a joke. Better than the browns but still a joke. Who dey? Some loser! Stand aside while Pitt n Bmore show how playoff football is played.

  39. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 23, 2011 12:56 PM

    tdk24 says:
    Dec 22, 2011 2:32 PM

    Flacco, still overrated.

    ______________
    I’m a ravens fan and I simply ask, who is rating Flacco highly? Who? You have to be rated highly, to be overrated.

    The guy has not stepped his game up this year. I wonder if not having a QB coach has been part of the problem. I wonder if Cam is not part of the problem. Or is it simply Joe?

    That said, he normally plays better in bigger games. I’ll take an average Joe as longer as he keeps on winning.

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