If you missed our last article, we explained the various injuries that occurred to Ravens players today, most of them were minor. However, one, we are learning now, was much more serious than first believed. Baltimore’s young rising star cornerback Tavon Young tore his ACL during OTAs today. This is heartbreaking news for Ravens fans everywhere, as Young was an essential part of the defense last season, and was assumed to have a greater role this next season, on a defense now considered being one of the best in the business.
Young had been making an interception on the play, and when he got up from the ground, his knee buckled, and he tore his ACL. There is currently no timeline for him to be back in action, however, based on observing other players with torn ACLs, he could potentially be back by mid-season 2017. Although the injury is a setback for the Ravens, they luckily have depth at the cornerback position which they previously have not had in past seasons. The Ravens signed veteran cornerback Brandon Carr and drafted rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey this past offseason. These moves are proving to be pivotal as both should be reliable pass defenders in 2017. The Ravens also have Maurice Canady and Kyle Arrington to use as filler cornerbacks or as potential part-time starters if they play well enough. Canaday reportedly has a great OTA performance so far. The Ravens also re-signed veteran defensive back, Lardarius Webb this offseason. Webb had played cornerback for the Ravens for most of his career, before transitioning to safety in late 2015. With both Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson holding down the fort at safety, Webb could make his way back to being a cornerback in 2017 in the absence of Tavon Young. Hopefully Young’s recovery will be quick, but for now, the Ravens will have to rely on the depth that they have loaded the roster with.