Ravens defensive tackle Justin Madubuike is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after leaving Sunday night’s 20-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, coach John Harbaugh said.
Madubuike went down with 2:57 left in the fourth quarter and was treated by team trainers before heading to the sideline under his own power. He did not return to the game as the Ravens forced a turnover on downs from their own 36-yard line with 1:57 left before rookie receiver Zay Flowers ran for a 37-yard touchdown to seal the game. victory.
A third-round pick in the 2020 draft, Madubuike became one of the best players on the league’s best defense, leading the team with 10 sacks in the final year of his rookie contract. He had a half-sack and three quarterback hits before leaving the game Sunday, helping the Ravens shut down one of the league’s best offenses as the Chargers finished with just 279 total yards and ended a 48-game streak with a first-half touchdown. , the longest in NFL history.
Madubuike is the first Ravens player with double-digit sacks since outside linebacker Terrell Suggs finished with 11 sacks in 2017.
The NFL’s concussion protocol requires a player to complete five phases of activity – starting with stretching and balance activities – before they can return to play. Players must be cleared by the team physician, as well as an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who operates independently of the team. The process can take just a few days, but it can also last several weeks, depending on the case.
The Ravens will have a bye in Week 13 and won’t play again until Dec. 10 against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.
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