After suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s matchup against Pittsburgh, starting safety Tony Jefferson will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Head coach John Harbaugh announced that Jefferson suffered a torn ACL in his post-game presser.
Coach Harbaugh says Tony Jefferson (knee) will be out for the season as it stands now. pic.twitter.com/gy5a5NPlAn— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 6, 2019
It’s a mighty unfortunate injury for the seven-year veteran, as Jefferson’s third season in Baltimore has come to an end after just four full games. Many have scapegoated the 27-year-old for the team’s defensive struggles this season, but all of that chatter is irrelevant now. Jefferson has started all but two games since the beginning of 2017 and following the losses of Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, and Eric Weddle in the offseason, “TJ” was one of the few veteran, tenured voices in the locker room.
Jefferson’s injury comes after the Ravens had already lost Tavon Young, the team’s starting nickel corner, for the entire season and Jimmy Smith, who suffered an MCL sprain in Week 1 and has yet to return.
In his absence, the Ravens will likely turn to either Chuck Clark or DeShon Elliott as the fill-in starter, with Anthony Levine Sr. on hand as hybrid safety/linebacker. Baltimore could potentially scour the free agent market for assistance at the position, too.
Let’s hope Jefferson makes a speedy recovery.