After landing awkwardly on his left leg in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Texans, CB Tavon Young exited the contest and did not return. HC John Harbaugh addressed the media after the game and said the team believes that Young’s injury will be season-ending.
"I think Tavon is a season-ending injury. We're devastated for him." pic.twitter.com/WEq5Hum5tJ— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2020
Early implications suggested Young’s injury was likely a torn ACL given how he landed and the non-contact nature of the incident, and that appears to be the case. The injury occured after Young played blanket coverage on Texans’ WR Randall Cobb and dove to make a play on the ball.
Young has had his fair share of battles with injuries in the past. In 2016, Young’s sophomore season was cut short before it began after he suffered the same torn ACL injury. Last season, another back/neck injury forced him to be sidelined for the entirety of the 2019 campaign.
Young had just worked his way back to full healthy and reclaimed his role as the team’s starting nickel cornerback. He looked in prime form against the Browns in Week 1, but will unfortunately now be on the shelf once again for the rest of the year.
In his absence, expect to see more of Marlon Humphrey in the slot, as well as extended playing time for backup CB Anthony Averett. The Ravens are already thinner-than-usual at the position after second-year CB Iman Marshall was placed on IR a few weeks ago, so it’s possible that they’ll explore a possible trade or free agent signing. Terrell Bonds and Khalil Dorsey, two cornerbacks on the practice squad, could also be promoted to the active roster.
Young is in the first year of the three-year contract extension he signed with the Ravens back in Feburary of 2019, worth roughly $25.8 million.
If there’s one thing I know, you can’t question God, Great Win today— Tavon Young (@TY_Real1) September 20, 2020