Head coach John Harbaugh spoke to the media on Tuesday and revealed that Bowser and Ojabo had been activated from the injured reserve and could be in line to play as soon as Monday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
Both Bowser and Ojabo, who are each recovering from torn Achilles, were designated to return from the IR in mid-October opening up a 21-day window for them to be activated. If they were not activated before the end of the week, they would have been ineligible to play this season.
Harbaugh sounded very optimistic that Bowser would be able to play on Monday, almost going as far as to confirm it. As for Ojabo, he might not be ready just yet.
"“They’ll both be activated and available. We’ll see what happens. I think Tyus will be ready to play, for sure. It really kind of comes back to Tyus saying, ‘I’m going.’ He wants to be mentally ready to go. He has targeted this game, so we’ll see. I’m kind of counting on him, to be honest with you.”"
The Ravens’ pass rush should receive a boost with Tyus Bowser and David Ojabo returning
What was once a position with very little depth could suddenly become one of the deeper position groups on the roster with Bowser and Ojabo returning to the fold. They’ll join the likes of Odafe Oweh, Justin Houston, and Jason Pierre-Paul in a deep and talented outside linebacker corps.
Houston has been the Ravens’ most efficient pass rusher with a whopping six sacks in five games. He’s proving that, even at the age of 33, he still has plenty left in the tank.
The sacks might not be there for Oweh, but he still leads the team in pressures and has proven his worth in other ways. Meanwhile, Pierre-Paul has served a vital role as a rotational veteran edge rusher for the team.
The Ravens finally have outside linebacker depth and it’ll be exciting to see how Bowser and Ojabo can contribute upon their returns.
For Ojabo, whenever he steps back on the field, he’ll do so by making his NFL debut. A second-round pick in this year’s draft, Ojabo fell in the draft after tearing his Achilles while preparing for the event.
Bowser and Ojabo should provide much-needed depth to a position that seemingly could become a strength for the Ravens. This is the kind of positive injury news the team has been waiting for.