While the Ravens were busy beating up the defending NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams on Monday night, the team lost one of their key players on offense, and he could be out the rest of the season.
NFL.com reports that Ravens center Matt Skura will miss the rest of the 2019 regular season with a knee injury.
Skura is currently second in Pro Bowl voting, illustrating his popularity among Ravens and NFL fans. His departure due to injury will be difficult for his teammates to bear, but there’s hope that his absence won’t be as noticeable at least in one phase of Baltimore’s offense.
Pro Football Focus ranks Skura as the NFL’s 22nd best center in pass blocking with a grade of 63.9, which places him directly behind veteran Eagles center Jason Kelce, but well off the mark established by the league’s elite.
Pass blocking for Lamar Jackson can make evaluating a lineman a little murky, but can also make things easier on a lineman who is tasked with keeping a defender off a hyper-mobile passer.
The run-blocking department might see a hit, though, as Skura is tied for 11th in the NFL among all centers with at least 250 snaps played in run blocking grade, earning a flat 61 mark from PFF. Then again, Baltimore is averaging a league-best 210.5 yards per game on the ground, so even a slight downgrade would still keep the Ravens near the top of the league.
With Skura out, the team will turn to Patrick Mekari at the center spot. Mekari is in his rookie season out of Cal. Bradley Bozeman is now the backup for the Ravens at the center spot.