Haitian Roots Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Happy To Help Team Win
By NAN Sports Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Nov. 29, 2016: Haitian American Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker, Elvis Dumervil, came back from a five-game absence to help his team to a win Sunday night. On Monday he was celebrating along with the rest of the Ravens and their fans.
“It was great to be back out there with my guys and get the W! #RavensFlock,” Dumervil tweeted Monday.
On Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, the Pro Bowl outside linebacker notched a game-sealing sack/strip in the final minutes of the game to preserve the Ravens’ 19-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.
Dumervil has had to sit on the sideline for most of this season as the Ravens built one of the league’s best defenses. His first comeback attempt fell flat, and forced him back to the shelf for five games. But on Sunday he was back in the game!
The Bengals were on the Ravens’ 16-yard line with one minute, 12 seconds remaining. They trailed by seven points, so they could have tied, or even won, the game on the drive if they went for a two-point conversion.
That’s when Dumervil got a great jump on Bengals right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, bent around the edge and got ahold of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s right arm, causing the ball to pop out. Defensive end Lawrence Guy pounced on the fumble to essentially seal the game.
“All game, it was a hard-working game,” Dumervil said. “I kept getting to the edges, I tried to bull rush, and it was just the ball coming out [before I got there]. For a sack, everything has to align. It was one of those situations where he held it just enough, and I was able to get to him. It has been a grind all year trying to get healthy. It sucks as a competitor not being able to play the game you grew up playing. Our guys on defense have been playing great all year. It was definitely something I wanted to be a part of. Being out there with my teammates – I couldn’t ask for a better day.”
However, he said it was simply a ‘good start’ and understands there are five games still to play.
The Ravens next face the Dolphins on Sunday, December 4th at 1 pm EST at the M&T Bank Stadium.