Baltimore Ravens tackle Harry Swayne will have surgery Tuesday to insert a pin in his right foot and will miss four to six weeks.
The injury is a severe blow to the Ravens, who are coming off a 41-9 win against Cleveland. X-rays taken after Sunday's game revealed a fracture, Swayne's second injury of the season. He missed games Oct. 10 against Tennessee and Oct. 21 against Kansas City because of a lower leg contusion.
Baltimore Coach Brian Billick is now forced to reconfigure his offensive line as the Ravens prepare to travel to Jacksonville, Fla., this week.
"You just have to change gears," Billick said. "To be honest with you, that was the main thing I was thinking about on the flight home."
Billick has several options. The first is to replace Swayne with James Atkins, who started for Swayne at right tackle against the Chiefs. However, Atkins has missed all but two games this season because of injuries.
"The last time he was pressed into duty you could tell in the game he wasn't quite in football playing shape," Billick said. "Can he go a whole game? I don't know. We may have to find out."
Billick also could decide to move starting left guard Everett Lindsay to right tackle. Lindsay has the versatility to play all five positions on the line, which he has shown this season.
"We can't do what we did before and have him go half at guard, half at tackle and then put him out the whole game at tackle," Billick said. "That's just not fair to Everett. If our best configuration is to put Everett Lindsay out at tackle, then we need to put him there the whole week."
If tackle Spencer Folau is healthy enough to play, that also changes Billick's decision. Folau missed the last three games after he strained knee ligaments during practice. Billick said he won't know how much Folau can play until the end of the week.
Ravens Note: The Ravens will decide Tuesday whether to activate safety Anthony Poindexter, a seventh-round draft pick who has been listed as physically unable to perform this season after injuring his knee during his senior season at Virginia.
"With an eye to the future, anything we can get out of him between now and the end of the season will be a plus for next season," Billick said.