Ravens outside linebacker David Ojabo almost ready to return

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens outside linebacker David Ojabo is poised to take the field next month after dealing with another major injury.

Ojabo, 23, had surgery in November to repair a partially torn ACL, which ended his season after three games. Shortly after that, Ojabo met with coach John Harbaugh and they decided that the surgery gave him the best opportunity to be fully healthy for the upcoming season.

“His timeline, I believe, is somewhere in training camp,” Harbaugh said about Ojabo’s availability at the recent OTAs. “It won’t be minicamp, but it’s at some point in time once we get back for training camp.”

Ojabo, a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, also missed almost all of his rookie season recovering from a torn Achilles.

In the limited time Ojabo has been on the field, he’s made an impact.

In his rookie year, Ohabo appeared in two games and had a forced fumble. Last season, he finished with six tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble before the surgery.

The Ravens hope Ojabo can take the next step in his development to fill the void at edge rusher.

Jadeveon Clowney, who had 9 1/2 sacks last season, signed with the Carolina Panthers this offseason as a free agent, and the Ravens will need someone to match his production.

In addition to Ojabo, the Ravens’ other outside linebackers include Odafe Oweh (three sacks), Tavius Robinson (one sack), David Ojabo (one sack), Malik Hamm (injured reserve), Kyle Van Noy (nine sacks), and Adisa Isaac, a rookie third-round pick from Penn State. Last season, Isaac started all 13 games for the Nittany Lions and finished with 37 tackles (23 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 7 1/2 sacks, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.


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