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Rookie defensive end Urban lost for season due to torn ACL

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Rookie defensive end Urban lost for season due to torn ACL

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After being carted off the field with a severe right knee injury, Ravens defensive end Brent Urban learned he will be lost for the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Head coach John Harbaugh confirmed the specifics of the injury following Thursday’s practice, describing it as “a clean tear” to reporters. Urban will be placed on season-ending injured reserve after being selected in the fourth round of May’s draft.

“He’s been through this before. He tore his other ACL about five years ago,” Harbaugh said. “He fought through a bad ankle injury his senior year at Virginia and rehabbed that and got back really quick, obviously, in the offseason here. It’s a tough break. It was just a situation where one guy was blocking another guy, and the knee just buckled on him.”

The Ravens had expectations for Urban to become an immediate contributor in the defensive line rotation, potentially serving as the primary backup to veteran Chris Canty at the 5-technique defensive end spot. Urban’s injury likely opens the door for second-year lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore to receive more reps.

A day after being injured on the same play as Urban, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan sat out Thursday’s practice with lingering back spasms, but Harbaugh expected him to return to action “soon.”

Linebacker Daryl Smith (groin) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (back) while linebacker Terrell Suggs and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were given a day off to rest. Smith was absent from his second straight practice while Webb has been sidelined since last Friday with back spasms.

Inside linebacker Albert McClellan returned to practice after missing Wednesday.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones and running back Justin Forsett were both on the field during the opening portion of practice but appeared to be receiving the day off. Forsett observed the rest of the running backs going through individual drills while Jones did some work at the Jugs machine while the wide receivers participated in drills.

Other offensive players absent included guard Will Rackley (concussion-related symptoms) and wide receiver Jeremy Butler (groin).

Defensive tackle Terrence Cody (hip surgery) remains on the active physically unable to perform list.

The Ravens were working in helmets, shells, and shorts on Thursday.

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Live from Owings Mills: Ravens concerned about injury to DL Urban

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Live from Owings Mills: Ravens concerned about injury to DL Urban

Posted on 30 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens returned to practice Wednesday after their first off day of Training Camp for 2014.

The session was short for two rookie defensive linemen, both of whom were injured on the same play. DL Brent Urban had to be carted off the field after suffering an injury to his right knee. Urban was pancaked on the play by OL Jah Reid and appeared to suffer the injury during the course of the block. Away from that block, DL Tim Jernigan was also hurt-he limped off the field appearing to have injured his back.

Head coach John Harbaugh downplayed the injury to Jernigan, saying he “looks fine” after practice. The news did not appear to be as good for the team’s fifth round pick out of Virginia, as Harbaugh said the team was “a little more concerned about” the knee injury.

“We’re going to have to see, he’s going to get a MRI tonight” Harbaugh added. “We’ll just hope and pray for the best on that one.”

Center Jeremy Zuttah was also banged up during the course of practice but did not have to leave the session and Harbaugh also declared his injury as “fine”.

DL Chris Canty returned to the practice field Wednesday after missing Monday night’s public practice at M&T Bank Stadium for family reasons. OL Parker Graham also returned to the practice field after missing the last few sessions with a groin injury.

Two new Ravens were not on the practice field Wednesday. LB Albert McClellan did not participate in the session, he had battled a lower body issue during Monday night’s practice that had forced him to limp off the field at one point. LB Daryl Smith also did not participate in practice for unknown reasons. With Smith out, Josh Bynes took a number of the first team reps next to first round pick C.J. Mosley.

Three other players remained away from the practice field Wednesday. OL Will Rackley (head) remained out, as did CB Lardarius Webb (back/neck). The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday Webb had “no structural damage” and was instead dealing with a muscular issue.

With Webb out, CB Chykie Brown appeared to get the majority of first team reps-CB Asa Jackson had seemed to receive more of the first team reps in the previous two practices.

DL Terrence Cody (hip) also did not participate, remaining on the Active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

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Jernigan, Urban latest draft picks to sign deals with Ravens

Posted on 17 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Baltimore Ravens have signed two more draft picks from their 2014 class, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Saturday afternoon. DT Timmy Jernigan (second round) and DE Brent Urban (fourth round) each signed four-year contracts with the team.

The Ravens now have seven of their nine 2014 draft picks under contract.

Timmy Jernigan (second round)

No. 97

Defensive Tackle

Florida State

6-2, 300

Jernigan finished his collegiate career after appearing in 40 games (16 starts), recording 139 tackles (73 solo), 25 TFL (-104 yards), 8.5 sacks (-63 yards), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. In 2013, he earned first-team All-ACC honors after helping FSU’s defense rank third in the nation by allowing only 281.4 yards per game en route to a BCS National Championship victory over Auburn.

Brent Urban (fourth round)

No. 96

Defensive End

Virginia

6-7, 298

Urban started 20 of 36 games in his career at Virginia, producing 75 total tackles (26 solo), 16.5 TFL (-48 yards), three sacks (-15 yards), two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and 11 passes defensed. He led all NCAA down linemen in the country and finished sixth overall in the ACC with 9 PD in 2013. Urban’s efforts as a senior helped him garner honorable mention All-ACC honors.

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Virgina DL Urban feels he is natural fit as 3-4 DE

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens select Virginia defensive end Urban to begin Day 3 of draft

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Ravens select Virginia defensive end Urban to begin Day 3 of draft

Posted on 10 May 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens continued an effort to beef up their defensive line by selecting Virginia’s Brent Urban with the 134th overall selection to begin Day 3 of the 2014 NFL draft.

The 6-foot-7, 298-pound end was the second defensive line to be drafted by the Ravens over the first four rounds, joining second-round pick Timmy Jernigan from Florida State. The Canadian lineman was drafted with the 15th overall selection of the Canadian Football League by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last year but elected to remain with the Cavaliers.

Starting 20 games over his last two seasons in Charlottesville, Urban made 75 tackles, 16.5 stops for a loss, and three sacks in his four-year collegiate career. A high ankle sprain limited him to eight games last season, but Urban still earned all-ACC honorable mention honors as he led all down linemen in the nation and finished sixth overall on the league charts with nine pass deflections.

Urban told reporters he’s confident he’ll be 100 percent by the summer after undergoing ankle surgery in February. The lingering issue forced him to withdrawal from January’s Senior Bowl.

With Ravens defensive end Chris Canty turning 32 in November, Urban figures to be a possible successor at the 5-technique spot in Baltimore’s 3-4 base alignment.

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