Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin will miss the final two games of the regular season after having knee surgery today to repair a slight tear in his meniscus.
“He will be back for the playoffs, whichever round we have to play in,” coach John Harbaugh said. “It will be a little tighter if we have to play in the first round.”
While it would be a big blow for most teams to not have their leading receiver, this isn't a major deal for the Ravens. Boldin hasn't developed into the go-to receiver for Joe Flacco that Baltimore envisioned when they traded for him. Over the past two seasons, Flacco has never developed the same rapport that he had with Derrick Mason in his first three seasons in the NFL.
Boldin has produced three touchdowns and two 100-yard games this season. His 57 receptions and three touchdowns are his fewest since 2004.
Over the past six games, Boldin has averaged 43.3 yards receiving. Rookie receiver Torrey Smith has averaged more receiving yards during that time (62.2).
With Boldin sidelined, Smith and Lee Evans are expected to start for Baltimore.