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.