Elvis Dumervil and Eugene Monroe were surprising absences from mandatory Ravens minicamp. Monroe’s reason for being a no show can be easily tracked to the danger a certain sixth overall pick endangering Monroe’s starting job. The Ravens are rumored to cut or trade Monroe, and thus give Ronnie Stanley the starting left tackle job.
The more intriguing absence is Dumervil. Dumervil traditionally skips voluntary OTA’s, but not the mandatory activities. The Ravens however tweeted:
Elvis Dumervil has undergone a preventative procedure and will not be participating in minicamp.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 14, 2016
Coach John Harbaugh said in a press conference on Tuesday that Dumervil will be ready to go by training camp. Harbaugh also said that Dumervil will be available to answer questions about the situation on Wednesday. The details of the operation are currently undisclosed.
Dumervil's absence gives sophomore Za'Darius Smith, and rookie Matt Judon more opportunities to earn snaps for themselves in the regular season. It remains to be seen whether second round pick Kamalei Correa will stick at inside linebacker, or if he will be put back into his natural edge rushing role.
The Ravens unwillingness to disclose the injury does raise a concern. It seems near impossible that the Ravens would be unaware of the details of the procedure, and clearly, the Ravens chose their words carefully.
More details to come.