Raven CB Tavon Young suffers season ending knee injury
Week Two of the 2020 NFL season saw several stars, starters and key contributors across the league go down with injuries that will knock them out of commission for an extended period of time and in the case of Baltimore Ravens stud slot cornerback Tavon Young, for the entire season.
For the third time in his five-year career, Young has been diagnosed with a season-ending injury according to Head Coach John Harbaugh and it marks the second time in back to back seasons. He missed all of the 2019 season with a neck injury he sustained in training camp that required season-ending surgery.
Young went down early in the Ravens’ 33-16 road win over the Houston Texans on Sunday with an apparent knee injury and didn’t return after heading to the locker room for further evaluation. After the game, Harbaugh announced that the initial diagnosis is a major injury.
“For a guy that we love, we care about, and who’s been through so much already, and we know he’ll tackle this challenge as well – Tavon Young,” Harbaugh said in his opening comments. “I think he’s got a season-ending knee injury the way it looks right now. We’re very disappointed about that, but we love him and we’ll be there with him all the way through the next challenge that he’s going to have to face.”
His first season-ending injury was in his second year when he missed the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL. He bounced back in 2018 and established himself as one of the best nickelbacks in the league.
Young had a great training camp this year according to reports and seemed poised for another bounce-back season. All-Pro First Teamer Marlon Humphrey took over the majority of slot duties in his absence on Sunday as he did for most of last season and will likely have to do so again this year.
This development will also likely mean that veteran defensive back Jimmy Smith will be playing more outside corner forward and less at his hybrid safety role that he was slated to play this season since Humphrey will be moving into the slot in multi-receiver sets.
Humphrey played great at nickel against the Texans and even forced the fumble on Houston receiver KeKe Coutee in the second quarter that veteran inside linebacker recovered and returned 22 yards for a touchdown.