If the Baltimore Ravens are to clinch the AFC North, they will need to do it without the help of wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
The team, currently sitting at 10 -4 and tied with Pittsburgh for first place in the division, announced today that Boldin will undergo knee surgery today, a move that will force him to miss the last two games of the regular season at minimum.
“He’s got a slight tear in his meniscus. It flapped up on him, I think it was Tuesday night after the walkthrough,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters. “He’s going to have to get it repaired. It’s two weeks and he’ll be back for the playoffs, whatever round we happen to play in. It will be a little bit tighter if we have to play in the first round.”
Harbaugh added that Lee Evans, a longtime Bills WR acquired by Baltimore in 2010, is slated to start in Anquan’s absence.
The two games Boldin likely will miss represent the first time he has missed action since joining the Ravens at the start of the 2010 season.
For the season, Anquan Boldin has 57 receptions for a team-leading 887 yards with three touchdowns.
The Baltimore Ravens host the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, Dec. 24. For a preview of that matchup, check out the following clip: