Dumervil feels for Miller, looks forward to camp

Dumervil feels for Miller, looks forward to camp
July 24, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Elvis Dumervil: Ravens defense could be special

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) is pressured by Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) and linebacker Von Miller (58) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil remains close to his former teammate, Broncos linebacker Von Miller. So Dumervil took the news hard when he learned Miller was facing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violation of a league policy.

Miller’s case has been appealed, leaving his status in limbo for now.

“I spoke to Von maybe the day before the situation broke,” Dumervil said Wednesday during a session with the media. “We have conversations all the time. He’s like a younger brother. It’s unfortunate (that) the situation happened, but I told him (when) adversity happens, it’s how you respond to it. He’s like a younger brother, so that’s a little sensitive.”

Miller may miss the Ravens-Broncos season-opener in Denver, but Dumervil doesn’t plan to. How quickly Dumervil meshes at outside linebacker with his Ravens’ teammates will be one the keys to training camp. The Ravens could have at least six new starters on defense, and Dumervil figures to be one of them. However, Dumervil thinks his timing is good. He spent seven seasons in Denver, made three Pro Bowls, but never won a Super Bowl.

Dumervil can’t walk around bragging about what the Ravens did last season, because he wasn’t part of it. Adding hungry veterans to a defending Super Bowl champion can be a good formula. In Dumervil, the Ravens have one.

“One good thing with this team of 2013 (is) we all have something to prove,” Dumervil said. “From coaching staff (on) down. It’s a totally different team, stakes are different, questions are asked, so you have to go out and prove yourself. That’s the beauty of it.”