Video: Monday Instant Reaction

Todd Karpovich

The Ravens were already playing shorthanded in the secondary without injured cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young.

Baltimore also lost safety Tony Jefferson to a season-ending knee injury Week 5 against Pittsburgh.

This means the Ravens will rely heavily on a pair of young players, Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott to fill the void. 

“It’s not ideal. It’s not what we would have chosen," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Tony Jefferson, obviously, is the heart and soul of us. He’s a leader. He’s a great player, just a high-energy player. He’s a guy that flies around and makes plays. He’s a communicator for us in the back end. So, those are going to be challenging things. 

"At the same time, these are things that happen in this game. You just have to deal with them. And the guy who has to deal with them the most is Tony. Tony is going to have the toughest road to travel, just emotionally and spiritually and all of those kinds of things. And he will, he’ll be up for the challenge – no question about it. He’ll come back stronger than ever. 

"And we have the guys in place. We have depth there at safety. Those two young guys [Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott] will do a heck of a job. I’m very confident in those guys, and we’ll have to overcome it.”

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