NFL Ravens 

Ravens lose Young for the season


Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young tore his ACL on Thursday of last week, the team announced. He is expected to miss the 2017 season, Young injured his knee midway through Thursday’s practice. He went down to the ground after intercepting a pass and then bumping into a teammate.

Young had a standout rookie season in 2016, starting 11 of 16 games for Baltimore. After being drafted in the fourth round (104th overall), the Temple product recorded two interceptions, one fumble recovery, 8 pass deflections, and 53 combined tackles last season. Young’s injury comes during an offseason where the Ravens focused on strengthening the defense, mainly their secondary as they first signed highly regarded safety Tony Jefferson to go right next to Eric Weddle. Baltimore also signed former Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr in the offseason, drafted Marlon Humphrey in the first round and still have corner Jimmy Smith under contract for at least two more years.

The Ravens are expected to replace Young at nickel back with either Lardarius Webb  or Maurice Canady. Webb was re-signed this offseason to a three-year contract, played nickel back his entire career until he moved to safety at the start of last season. Canady filled in for Young at the OTA sessio after his injury and recorded three interceptions. He was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round, 209th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. He missed most of his rookie season as he was placed on injured reserve on October 6, 2016 with a hamstring injury.

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