Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young tore his ACL at practice Thursday after trying to catch an interception, bumping into a teammate on the way down.
“This is an injury that will require him to miss the entire season,” Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke University, said. “It will take Young 9-11 months to return to play after the surgery is performed. He will have the ACL reconstructed, and lot of rehabilitation and therapy is required in order for Young to get the flexibility and agility to properly return to play.” Click link below to learn more about ACL tears:
The injury comes on the heels of a stellar rookie campaign, as Young emerged as a fourth-round draft choice to the top nickel cornerback for the Ravens by the end of the season, starting their last 11 games. Young registered 50 tackles and two interceptions, and graded out as a top-30 cornerback in the NFL by Pro Football Focus in 2016.
Although Baltimore has attempted to restockpile its cornerback depth this offseason with its free agency signing of Brandon Carr and first-round selection on Marlon Humphrey, both defensive backs project to play on the outside. Expect Lardarius Webb—another Ravens’ cornerback who has dealt with plenty of ACL issues himself—to assume the No. 1 position at nickelback unless second-year player Maurice Canady continues to excell in offseason workouts.
Young’s injury is decimating for Baltimore as it looks to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014. And in terms of fantasy production, the ailment should affect the Ravens just as much. For those playing in leagues featuring a single starting defense, the Ravens are ranked in the middle of ESPN’s 2017 fantasy projections and are projected to be a sure-fire draft choice in larger leagues.
But for formats featuring individual defensive players, Young would already not be a recommended player in the biseasonal matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, teams that regularly feed their top outside receivers—Antonio Brown and A.J. Green—the ball.
The Ravens are still worth monitoring, though. A bolstered secondary compounded by another impressive performance from the ageless linebacker Terrell Suggs could make Baltimore an interesting option as the season progresses.