Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young tore his ACL in practice today when he bumped into a teammate after intercepting a pass.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young tore his ACL in practice today, as announced by the team. ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reports that Young intercepted a pass, bumped into a teammate, and fell to the ground in pain. As he left the field, it was evident that he was unable to put much weight on the knee.
Young was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and came out of nowhere for the Baltimore Ravens, surprising everyone as a solid option for a Ravens secondary that was essentially comprised of Jimmy Smith and everyone else.
Young finished the season with 53 combined tackles, eight passes deflected, and two interceptions. With the success of his rookie season, many people were particularly optimistic about what Young might do this season, but this injury will really hamper that progress.
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The Ravens made their secondary a priority to address this offseason, with the signing of safety Tony Jefferson, cornerback Brandon Carr, and drafting Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick of this year’s NFL Draft.
Fortunately with the addition of Carr and Humphrey, the Baltimore Ravens have a relatively deep secondary, so while the loss of Young isn’t good for the team, the Ravens are relatively well-equipped to handle his absence for an extended period of time.
“It’s what [general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] says all the time,” coach John Harbaugh said. “You need to build as much depth into your roster as you can because injuries are going to happen.”
The regular season is still three months away, so Young has a fair amount of time to heal, but ACL’s take a long time, and while he might not be out for the entire season, he’ll likely be out for a good portion of it.