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Linebacker D.J. Bryant hoped to make a bid for a long-shot chance at the 53-man roster Thursday night in St. Louis but instead suffered what’s believed to be a season-ending injury.
The Randallstown graduate suffered a significant left knee injury at the end of the first half when he collided with teammate John Simon. Bryant was down on the field in obvious pain before being carted to the locker room after playing a strong first half that included three tackles and a sack.
“That looks like a season ender,” head coach John Harbaugh told reporters in St. Louis after the game. “We’ll know [on Friday] after we get the MRI but all indications are there’s substantial ligament damage there — nothing that he can’t come back from. Obviously, he’ll work on that. I’m sure he’ll get surgery and rehab it.”
Bryant figured to be a solid candidate for the practice squad, so the injury likely means he will be placed on injured reserve, allowing him to remain with the organization. He was a member of the team’s practice squad late last season.