The Baltimore Ravens spent the majority of the offseason both in free agency and the draft at fixing the secondary after years of ineptitude and inconsistency. The team added Brandon Carr, Tony Jefferson and Marlon Humphrey to a unit that already consists of Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith and Eric Weddle. One of the brightest players in the secondary after coming off a strong rookie campaign was Tavon Young. Young was a fourth round pick in the 2016 draft and really emerged as that slot nickel corner the team had been looking for. He even played a bit on the outside as well, and was effective in doing so.
If there is one thing this team doesn't need in the secondary once again, it is injuries, and unfortunately for Young, the bug hit him during OTA practice on Thursday.
According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, Young hurt his knee when he bumped into a player after getting an interception. He was helped off the field by trainers. Head coach John Harbaugh spoke to the media and said they are going to wait and see on the severity of the injury.
It's only June, and already the Ravens have a key injury to a unit that general manager Ozzie Newsome spent a lot of time on retooling to try and write the wrongs of the last five years. Some feel he did it at the expense of offensive positions like wide receiver, which many saw as the biggest concern for this team. This secondary does have depth, but it still can't afford to lose key players like Young to injuries, especially when they are players that need this time to further develop as they enter their second year in the NFL.
For the Ravens sake, they better hope Young is not out for long. They need him.
Update: WNST's Luke Jones has reported that Young put little weight on his knee when he was being helped by trainers.