Ravens Cornerback Tavon Young Suffers Another Season-Ending Setback

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Ravens cornerback Tavon Young was one of the feel-good stories of training camp.

He was playing well after missing all of last season with a neck injury.

The fifth-year player from Temple endured another setback in a 33-16 victory over the Texans in Week 2 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

"We did get a final word on Tavon; it is a torn ACL. It’s only a torn ACL, so that’s a positive. He’ll be going back into … He’ll have surgery and go into rehab, and he’ll fight his way back – there’s no question about it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed the day after the game. "Our hearts go out to him on that, and we’ll be supporting him all the way."

The Ravens selected Young in the fourth round of the 2016 draft from Temple and he appeared in all 16 games, including 11 starts, as a rookie. He missed the following season with a torn ACL.

Young bounced back in 2018, appearing in 15 games despite being hampered by a groin injury. He finished with 34 tackles, an interception, and two fumble returns for touchdowns. Young was one of four NFL players to score multiple defensive touchdowns that season.

After signing a three-year extension in February 2019 that made him the highest-paid slot cornerback at the time, Young was diagnosed with the neck injury during training camp. He weighed his options before being shut down for the season.

Young returned to the lineup this season and was effective until the knee injury against Houston when he landed hard on the turf in the second defensive series of the game. 

The Ravens have the depth to absorb the injury.  Anthony Averett, who entered the game for Young, can play in the slot. Baltimore can also start Jimmy Smith on the outside and move Marlon Humphrey to nickelback when opponents try to spread the defense. 

“I love Tavon — that’s my brother," safety DeShon Elliott said. "I’ll do anything for him. I’m praying for him. God bless, he’ll be OK, [and] his mental will be fine. Trying to replace Tavon, it’s next man up. Tavon is a great player. Obviously, we all know, that’s ‘Touchdown Tay.’ But we have a lot of great DBs [defensive backs] on this team, of course, so we’ll get through it. We’ll be fine.”

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