Nakamura could miss a month; Ravens might search for safety help

The Ravens have yet to get the results from an MRI on Haruki Nakamura’s injured right knee, but they’re hopeful that the four-year veteran safety will be able to return this season, possibly as soon as a month from now.

Things didn’t look promising for Nakamura when he went down clutching his knee on a first quarter punt return during the Ravens’ 37-7 win over the Rams yesterday, but the team announced it was just an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament (not the ACL or MCL, which typically are more serious injuries).

Today, head coach John Harbaugh said that the team is hopeful that the injury won’t affect Nakamura deep into the season.

“It looks promising in terms of him being able to come back,” Harbaugh said. “Maybe a month or so. We’ll see.”

With the Ravens down to three healthy safeties for the time being, Harbaugh said the team might consider adding another healthy body to work into the mix. One factor which might make a roster move unnecessary, however, is that they have a few cornerbacks who could slide over and play safety in a pinch.

“We’ll be talking about (bringing in another safety),” Harbaugh said. “I think we’re OK with the guys we have because Chris Carr can go back there and swing at safety (and) Lardarius (Webb) could go back and swing at safety if we needed him to - those guys who play in the slot. Right now, I don’t think we have a plan today to make a move, but that could change.”

Harbaugh also updated the status of linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who left yesterday’s game with a hamstring injury, saying the team will monitor his status throughout the week and see how he recovers.

“Dannell’s hamstring is just going to be throughout the week to see how it responds,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll probably know by Friday based on how he’s practiced, where he’s at.”

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