A week into the 2021 season, the Baltimore Ravens have had their roster ravaged by injuries more than any other team in the league.
According to a source, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that the list of players on injured reserve will soon include cornerback Chris Westry, bringing their total to mind boggling 15.
More injury issues for #Ravens: Cornerback Chris Westry has a torn lateral meniscus, per source. Westry was growing in Ravens defense and played 33 defensive snaps vs. Raiders. Already without Marcus Peters, Baltimore looking at options and exploring adding veteran Buster Skrine— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 16, 2021
Per Fowler's sources, the injury is not season ending but will put the promising young defensive back out of commission for at least a month.
This most recent development leaves the Ravens even thinner at perimeter corner where they lost renowned ball hawk and three-time Pro Bowler Marcus Peters for the year to a torn ACL just days before their season opener.
Westry is a player the Ravens have been excited about for months dating back to the off-season, training camp and preseason. He possesses rare measurables at the position at 6-foot-4 and 199 pounds. While he did nearly give up the game winning touchdown to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1, Westry made some good plays too. He provided the Ravens quality depth at corner but also could be used as matchup chess piece on tight ends and bigger receivers given his size and athleticism.
The Ravens brought in several veteran corners for workouts earlier this week and signed Kevon Seymour to the practice squad on Wednesday. As Fowler reported, 11-year veteran Buster Skrine was one of players to visit the team facility but he's spent the vast majority of his career playing in the slot and is much smaller in stature compared to Westry.
The only corners left standing on the active roster currently are Marlon Humphrey, Anthony Averett, Jimmy Smith, and Tavon Young, the latter two have struggled to stay on the field due to their own lengthy injury histories. The Ravens also have rookies Brandon Stephens and Ar’Darius Washington, hybrid defensive backs who primarily line up in the slot when they do play corner.