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Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 1:16 pm
Boldin will miss Baltimore's remaining two games. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Ravens are in the middle of a push for a top AFC seed in the playoffs, but they'll have to play (at least) the final two games of the regular season without top wideout Anquan Boldin, who will undergo surgery for a torn meniscus.

Boldin, per our Ravens Rapid Reporter Jason Butt, will miss the remainder of the regular season, but John Harbaugh expects the wideout to return for the playoffs.

"He will be back for the playoffs, whichever round we have to play in," Harbaugh said. "It will be a little tighter if we have to play in the first round."

If Baltimore wins out, they'll land a bye in the first week of the postseason to go with their AFC North title, by virtue of their head-to-head record against the Steelers. That would give Boldin three weeks to recover from the surgery.

But if the Ravens stumble, Pittsburgh could land the top seed in the AFC and force Baltimore to travel, as well as play a week earlier than they'd like.

The good news is Boldin shouldn't be needed in Week 16, a home matchup against Cleveland. When the Ravens last played the Browns, Ray Rice handled almost all of the offensive production, rushing for 204 yards. Joe Flacco completed just 10 passes in the victory (on 23 attempts) and Boldin caught just two for 32 yards.

It'll be worth watching how rookie wideout Torrey Smith responds to his new role as the top wide receiver target for Flacco, particularly in the more interesting Week 17 matchup against the Bengals. Lee Evans will slide into the No. 2 spot, and Harbaugh said one of his rookies -- LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss -- in the slot.

"You want to get your young guys out there on the field as much as you can," Harbaugh said. "You don’t want to do it before they’re ready to have success and I think those guys are very much ready to have success."

On the year, Boldin leads the Ravens 887 receiving yards and is second on the team with 57 catches (Rice has 71) and three touchdowns (Smith has seven).

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Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:05 am

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

Having an injury which the Ravens are saying Bolden has takes a longer time to come back. I doubt he plays again this season

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:38 am

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

With the Texans loss to the Colts on Thursday night, the AFC North winner will be the #2 seed, if the winning team wins out.

Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:27 am

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

You are a fucking nitwit. You don't even have a favorite football team listed but seeing as how you're a toronto fan Im guessing youre a bills fan? ... LOL nice 7 game losing streak. At least the Ravens will be in the playoffs, and I garuntee they will not be one and done if they get a home field game. 7-0 at home, Saturday it will be 8-0. 

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:57 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:45 pm

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

I don't think Bolden not being there is going to make much of a difference. He is a gifted athlete but worries about the wrong things. How much money he is making. how good another wide receiver is. has a bod attitude. Usually in conflit with some coach.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:41 pm

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

Time for the 3 rookie WR's and the 2 second year TE's to step up.
I expect to see a lot of the "Diesel set" out there with 2 WR & 2 TE in long passing situations.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:22 pm

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

Ravens are going to have to pound the ball with Ray Rice over the next 2 games. They can't afford to lose the division and be on the road in the playoffs based on their performance on the road this season.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:59 pm

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

Surgery is never good. 3 weeks sounds pretty quick to come back at full strength.
No, at this point surgery sucks.  This takes away Flacco's most xperienced target. 

However, cleaning up a torn meniscus is essentially a 2 week recovery all things going according to plan.  If the Ravens aren't in a WC game, then he'll have plenty of time to recover.  Sucks he won't get to break a 1000 yards this season.  I thinking that LaQuan Williams or Tandon Doss will be the fill-ins for possession receiver.  The two tight ends are also more than capable taking going over the middle too.

Should be fine.  Go RAVENS!!

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:20 pm

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

This article only mentions Pittsburgh as a possible #2 seed if Baltimore loses, however Houston has the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh too...So if either Houston or Baltimore wins out, those two teams would be the #2 seed and not Pittsburgh.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:56 pm

Boldin to miss regular season with knee surgery

3 weeks is cutting it close I would think. And in my opinion, even if my team isn't in the playoffs(my Colts), it's always better to see as many upper tier players on the field as possible. More entertaining games from start to least that's what you hope.

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