OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Ravens rookie defensive end Bronson Kaufusi likely will miss the entire 2016 season after breaking his ankle during practice, head coach John Harbaugh said Thursday.
 
Kaufusi suffered the injury when a teammate fell on his leg during an 11-on-11 drill. He was carted off the field.
 
“You do everything you can to try to keep players off the ground,” Harbaugh said, “But sometimes guys fall, and that’s what happened to Bronson.”
 
The Ravens drafted the 6-6, 285-pound Kaufusi – Newsday’s 94th-ranked prospect in the 2016 NFL draft – in the third round. The BYU product had 167 total tackles and 26 1/2 career sacks in 50 games with the Cougars, but missed Ravens’ other offseason camps with a back injury.
 
Kaufusi was expected to rotate in with Lawrence Guy, Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore as a pass-rushing end in the Ravens’ 3-4 defensive front (Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Williams will start at the other two defensive line spots). Harbaugh pointed to Urban – who missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL and most of his second season with a torn biceps -- as an example of how Kaufusi could grow as a result of the injury.
 
“It’ll be an opportunity for [Kaufusi] to take the next year and go to work on his body, go to work on becoming a mature NFL football player, physically. He needs a lot of work on his lower body, strength-wise, flexibility-wise. And he was playing well, but he’s only going to get better next year. We’ll get him in the weight room, we’ll get him with our coaches, assistant coaches, and he’ll be a much better player a year from now than he would have been this year.”