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Tavon Young returns to practice for Ravens

The nickelback makes his long-awaited return

Baltimore Ravens v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Ravens began their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Among the many players in attendance was cornerback Tavon Young. This marks the first time Young has participated in practice since suffering a season-ending ACL tear last season in Week 2 against the Texans.

Baltimore drafted the undersized cornerback out of Temple with the No. 104 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Young did not take long to become an integral part of the defense in his rookie season, playing both in the slot and outside when called upon due to injuries to other players. It appeared that Young was on his way to becoming one of the best slot corners in the league following such a promising first season.

The very next season is when the injuries started though. Before the start of the 2017 season, Young tore his ACL during OTAs in June, causing him to miss the entirety of his sophomore season. He returned to play in 2018 and, despite dealing with a nagging groin injury throughout the season, appeared to pick up where he left off the last time he was on the field. Things were looking up for Young to start 2019 when he signed a three-year $25.8 million contract extension with the Ravens on February 20. Adversity reared its ugly head once again though when Young suffered a season-ending neck injury a month before the start of the season.

After another offseason of rehabbing to return to play with his teammates, Young was ready to join All-Pro corners Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters in 2020. Fans would only get a small taste of this new trio, however, as Young suffered yet another torn ACL in Week 2 and missed the rest of the season.

At 27-years old and after only playing two games in the past two seasons, the once-promising corner must prove that he still has a future with the team that drafted him. Baltimore can cut Young and save $5.8 million next offseason with $3.3 million in dead money. If Young can stay healthy and still play at his previous level though, then the Ravens would surely like to keep him around.

In the 33 games Young has played in throughout his five-year career, he has made 92 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, three interceptions, 13 pass deflections, four fumble recoveries with two being returned for touchdowns, two sacks, and three quarterback hits.