Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin will miss the final two National Football League regular-season games after surgery to repair a slight tear in his knee cartilage, coach John Harbaugh said.
“He will be back for the playoffs, whichever round we have to play in,” Harbaugh said yesterday after Boldin’s procedure. “It will be a little tighter if we have to play in the first round.”
The Ravens (10-4) have clinched a playoff spot and are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers atop the American Football Conference North division heading into this weekend’s games. If they finish the season with the second-best record in the AFC, they will get a first-round playoff bye.
Boldin, the team’s leading wide receiver with 887 yards on 57 catches, will be replaced by rookie Torrey Smith and veteran Lee Evans for the Ravens’ games against Cleveland and Cincinnati. They will be the first games Boldin has missed in two years with the team.
“We’ve got two tight ends that are really good, so we’re going to go out there and still attack and do everything we know how to do,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “Obviously, we’re going to miss Anquan, but it’s an opportunity for him to get better and hopefully he’ll come back strong.”