Sypniewski has knee surgery

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens tight end Quinn Sypniewksi underwent a relatively minor surgical procedure on his left knee. This wasn't nearly as extensive as more serious repairs of the damaged joint over the past two years. Sypniewski is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, and it's unclear if the Ravens will extend a tender offer.

He's expected to be healthy enough to attempt to play next season. However, teams are traditionally averse to risk when a player has had five knee surgeries.

Sypniewski initially injured the knee during a 2008 minicamp when his leg buckled during an awkward collision with linebacker Antwan Barnes.

It was a severe injury.

He tore his anterior cruciate ligament, and the ligament was separated from the leg bone.

Plus, he shattered the bone particle that detached from the ligament.

Sypniewski had major reconstructive surgery before spending the past two seasons on injured reserve.

"It's common for people to tear the ACL, but it's not common for people to tear the bone where the ACL is attached," Sypniewski told the Times last year. "That's what I've been dealing with, trying to get used to the knee moving a little bit differently now. I've spent a lot of time on it. Hopefully, it all pays off."

Last summer, doctors sutured the bone and clamped it down with a wire.

That surgery was to reattach the bone again.

"They shaved down the bone, so there was a good surface to reattach it," Sypniewski said. "I always had some pain and they saw it and thought it might resolve itself on its own, but it never did."

When he was healthy, the 6-foot-6, 270-pounder was an accomplished blocking tight end.

Three years ago, Sypniewski stepped in for an injured Todd Heap and caught a career-high 34 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown.

The Ravens signed L.J. Smith during the offseason last year as Heap's backup, but he remained prone to injuries and rarely played.

The Ravens have yet to adequately replace Sypniewski's blocking presence at the line of scrimmage.

Sypniewski was drafted by Baltimore in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL draft out of Colorado, starting 12 of 31 games played.

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