OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Having already lost safety Matt Elam to a torn biceps last week, the Ravens have lost a second young defensive player to a similar injury.
Second-year defensive end Brent Urban suffered a torn biceps during Thursday’s practice and will undergo surgery, which is expected to keep him out for at least three months. Head coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens will decide at the start of the regular season whether to place Urban on season-ending injured reserve or give him the designation to return.
The 24-year-old confirmed being injured via his official Twitter account on Saturday morning.
I appreciate the support & hate. I will channel my frustration into training & again come back as if I never got injured sooner than u think
— Brent Urban (@urbanlegend96) August 8, 2015
A fourth-round selection from the University of Virginia in last year’s draft, Urban missed his entire rookie season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in his first training camp. The Ravens had hoped that Urban would step into a meaningful rotation role at the 5-technique defensive end spot and as a situational pass rusher.
The 6-foot-7, 295-pound defensive end was listed behind veterans Chris Canty and Lawrence Guy on the first depth chart of the summer, but Urban had impressed so far in practices this summer.
“I was really counting on him,” Harbaugh said. “I thought he would really shine, and I still think he will. He’s had four straight years where he’s had serious injuries. That’s been a bugaboo for him that he’s going to have to overcome.”