Unfortunately for defensive end Paul Kruger, his first game action of the season led to an injury which has kept him on the sidelines the last two weeks, and it certainly appears he'll miss this Sunday's game against the Patriots as well.
After being listed as a gameday inactive for the Ravens' first three games of the season, Kruger saw significant playing time in the Week 4 game against the Steelers. The second-year man out of Utah played fairly well for much of the game, but he suffered a sprained MCL, and has yet to get back to full health.
Kruger returned to the practice field yesterday in a limited fashion, but he did not appear to practice today.
"It's getting better," Kruger said, "but until you go full speed and stuff like that, it's hard to tell."
There were high hopes for Kruger this season after he impressed in training camp. The Ravens asked the 2009 second-round pick to bulk up and move to defensive end this offseason, and he looked sharp in his new role this summer.
But a shoulder injury in the preseason finale and now the MCL injury have slowed Kruger this year. He says that he doesn't have a timetable set for his return from the knee, although the bye week might seem like a nice target.
"Honestly, the MCL is like a day to day thing," Kruger said. "It could be completely different. Some guys come back in a week. Some guys take six weeks. It's just going to depend on how my body responds."