OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Feeling the lingering effects of a grueling season, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil decided to undergo offseason foot surgery to put himself in the best possible health heading into the 2016 season.
Dumervil, who hasn't practiced this offseason, expects to be ready at some point in training camp, once he gets back into football shape.
"Instead of coming this season and having it kind of linger more, I was able to go in and get it fixed, which I'm very excited about," Dumervil said Wednesday. "I feel much better than I felt last year. Everything is looking great, and I'm headed in the right direction."
Dumervil had the surgery immediately after the regular season ended, and he described the procedure as happening "somewhere in my foot area."
He acknowledged that he was less than full strength last season, when his sacks plummeted from a franchise-record 17 in 2014 to six in 2015, which still led the team.
How much did the foot limit his production last season?
"No excuses, man," Dumervil said. "I didn't feel myself, and that's why I was able to go ahead. I feel a lot better, and I'm excited to feel excited again, which I don't take for granted. So you cherish the moments that you feel good."
Dumervil believes the key to feeling good during the season is getting more players involved, which keeps players fresher and more productive. During the 2014 campaign, he played 580 snaps. Last season, when Terrell Suggs suffered a season-ending injury in the opener, Dumervil played 747 snaps.
When told he played 100 more snaps the previous season, Dumervil said, "I plan not to do that again."
The addition of pass-rushers Kamalei Correa (second round) and Matt Judon (fifth round), as well as the development of Za'Darius Smith, could decrease Dumervil's playing time but help him to be more effective.
"As long as those guys come in and help us, it's going to be big for us," Dumervil said. "The rotation is important. I think we need to as many fresh guys on defense as we can possibly have in keeping guys throughout the season healthy."