After a conflicting report regarding Ravens first-round rookie Tyler Linderbaum’s injured foot, coach John Harbaugh provided an update on the offensive lineman’s status Monday afternoon.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport reported earlier in the day that Linderbaum, who limped off the practice field last Thursday, is dealing with a Lisfranc injury. Rapoport also noted that the injury is being labeled a sprain, not a tear, and is a “reoccurrence” of an ailment he suffered while at Iowa.
Not long after the report began circulating, Harbaugh discussed the situation during his media session, outwardly denying that Linderbaum, 22, suffered any kind of Lisfranc injury.
“It is not true.” Harbaugh said, via team reporter Ryan Mink. “It’s not a Lisfranc sprain. It’s a ligament, it’s not that ligament. It is another ligament. There is no Lisfranc sprain, per se. That is my understanding. I’m not a doctor, but I play one at press conferences, as you know. But that’s what I was told.”
Linderbaum’s foot problems date back to Iowa’s clash with Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl in January, his final game as a Hawkeye. The 6-foot-3, 291-pound lineman suffered a Lisfranc midfoot injury late in the contest but was able to finish the game. Although the injury limited Linderbaum’s participation at the NFL Combine in March, he entered the draft considered to be the best prospect at his position, ultimately leading to him being selected 25th overall.
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Last week, Harbaugh revealed that Linderbaum would miss 1-2 weeks after undergoing X-rays and an MRI. He told reporters Monday that the rookie is dealing with a “soft tissue” issue and reiterated that the plan to keep him on the sidelines remains unchanged.
“He just has a soft tissue type of a deal, a ligament type of a deal in his foot that’s not a serious thing,” Harbaugh explained. “But we want it to be right and healed, so it’s going to take some time. But it’s not a Lisfranc.”
While it remains unclear exactly when he will return, Linderbaum is still expected to start under center against the Jets in Week 1, per Mink. A three-year starter and two-time All-Big Ten first-team selection, Linderbaum earned unanimous All-American and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 2021 and was named the recipient of the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top center.
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