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Elvis Dumervil says he’s not playing in Ravens’ opener after setback

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil said Wednesday that he will not play in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Dumervil acknowledged he had a minor setback in his recovery from an offseason procedure in the foot area. He was the only Ravens starter who was not practicing Wednesday.

Since 2006, Dumervil ranks second among active players with 96 sacks. His 31 multiple-sack games leads all players in the past 10 seasons. Dumervil has been one of the most durable defenders in the NFL since joining the Ravens in 2013. He’s only missed one game and has played in 35 straight games.

“It’s one of those things where your body kind of tells you when it’s ready,” Dumervil said. “So we’re all pushing. We wanted it to be Week 1, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.”

“The big thing for both of them, they might try to play mind games with each other,” Roethlisberger said in preparation for the Sept. 12 opener at FedEx Field. “I’ll talk to my guy and makes sure he keeps a level head.”

Norman, who became the richest cornerback in the league after signing a five-year deal with the Washington Redskins this offseason, never backs down from a verbal confrontation, most famously scrapping with New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham last year.

Brown’s passion was on display in the preseason when an official in a preseason scrimmage issued an ejection warning after Brown complained ferociously about the lack of holding calls on Detroit Lions corners.

There’s a healthy respect between Norman and Brown. At the least, though, they will engage in some healthy debate about what happens downfield.

Roethlisberger isn’t sure whether Norman will shadow Brown, as he’s “traditionally been a one-spot kind of guy” but sometimes moves around. “We’ll be ready for anything,” Roethlisberger said. “[Norman’s] one of the best, if not the best in the business.”

At 6-foot and 200 pounds, Norman has size on his side against the 5-foot-10 Brown. But save the 6-3 Richard Sherman holding Brown to six catches and 51 yards last season, Brown typically toasts all comers. Brown averaged 10 catches a game with Roethlisberger in the lineup.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the eight new Hall of Famers, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.

On the field, Harrison changed how receivers were viewed. He came into the NFL when the league was trending toward tall, hulking receivers who could out-muscle cornerbacks. Harrison was just 6-feet and 185 pounds, but was too quick for defensive backs. That works in the NFL too.

There’s another side of Harrison that has clouded his legacy after his retirement. He was involved in a few murky gun incidents, although he was not charged with any crimes in them. In 2008, a man named Dwight Dixon said Harrison shot him in the hand after an argument outside Harrison’s car wash in Philadelphia, and a man named Robert Nixon said he was hit in the back with a stray bullet. Nixon also said Harrison was the shooter, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and other reports.

Harrison admitted to fighting with Dixon five to 10 minutes before the shooting, the Philadelphia Inquirer said. Although bullet casings at the scene matched a gun that Harrison owned, no charges were filed due to inconsistent statements by the witnesses, who were deemed not credible by the district attorney.

I was rooting for Trent Richardson’s comeback.

Richardson was cut on Tuesday by the Baltimore Ravens, and that might be it for him in the NFL. He was out of football all last season. There wasn’t much interest in him before the Ravens, whose general manager Ozzie Newsome is a former Alabama star like Richardson, signed him.

Richardson has been the butt of many jokes after the former first-round pick failed with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. But he opened up about what happened, saying he struggled with the transition to the NFL. He didn’t work hard enough without the structure he had in college, and regretted that. He found his focus waning with friends and family members asking for money. He said he took it very hard when he was out of football last season. He just wanted to play again.