Kelechi Osemele expected to miss rest of season with back injury


The Ravens are dealing with some bad injury news as they prepare to return from their bye week.

Left guard Kelechi Osemele is expected to miss the rest of the 2013 season with a back injury, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Friday, according to multiple published reports.

It’s anticipated the injury will require surgery, Harbaugh said.

Osemele, 24, has started all 23 regular-season games and all four postseason games for the Ravens since Baltimore drafted him in the second round in 2012. He had appeared on the injury report with a back ailment in Week Six, then re-appeared on the report this week with knee and back injuries. He put in a limited practice on Wednesday but did not participate on Thursday.

A.Q. Shipley is listed as the top backup to Osemele on the Ravens’ depth chart. According to the Ravens’ Twitter feed, Shipley has indicated he’ll start on Sunday at Cleveland.

15 responses to “Kelechi Osemele expected to miss rest of season with back injury

  1. That’s not good news. Shipley can’t even steal Gradkowski’s job, and Gradkowski is awful. I guess they think Shipley will make a less terrible guard than Jah Reid.

  2. The O line coaching under Harbaugh’s buddy Castillo has been so awful it’s hard to tell who really sucks anymore on that O line. McKenzie went from playoff hero to goat in one off-season under this guy. Now we go and trade him away and don’t have a suitable back up. Brilliant management Harbaugh – the most overrated coach in history.

  3. I hope they let Ryan Jensen get a chance. He has good size and strength for the position. I heard the coaching staff was really high on him before he broke his foot in the preseason.

  4. KO said weeks ago he was going to play through the back pain. That doesn’t sound like it would work when your job is to push around +300lb guys. He hasn’t been playing as well as last year and its not like the line can get much worse so, OK, good luck KO, next man up.

  5. Surprised this didnt happen sooner. It was obvious he was not the same maulet he was his rookie season and he even cited the pain in the locker room a few weeks ago, saying he woildnt be 100% until offseason surgery. Best to go ahead and get it straightened out so he can return to form next year.

  6. No surprise a Steelers cast-off will be starting for the Ravens. And I’ve watched a few Ravens games this year – it looks like they’ve been without a left guard all year. And left tackle.

  7. if we lost the rest of our starting olinemen, we might be approaching Pittsburgh’s level. And then we’d have to run Leveon Bell wildcat gimmick plays while losing to the Raiders.

  8. “have to run Leveon Bell wildcat gimmick plays while losing to the Raiders…”

    Or the steelers could just line up Ben behind center while beating the Ravens.

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