Cornerback Tavon Young tears ACL in Ravens' practice

The Baltimore Sun

Ravens cornerback Tavon Young left Thursday’s organized team activity with a knee injury, later revealed to be a torn ACL.

"Coming back stronger than ever, GOD got me, thanks for the prayers," Young tweeted Thursday.

Young, who had emerged as the team’s top option in the slot entering his second season, intercepted backup quarterback Dustin Vaughan during a drill about an hour into the session and suffered the injury as he ran up the field.

The 23-year-old Upper Marlboro native lay on his back as trainers tended to him on the field before limping off with support on both sides. Young played in all 16 games, making 11 starts, after being selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.

“There wasn’t much contact at all,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after practice, before the severity of the injury was known.

The secondary soon became more shorthanded when cornerback Sheldon Price “bumped his head,” Harbaugh said, and left practice as a precaution to be evaluated for a concussion.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith, meanwhile, left early for what Harbaugh called a “personal responsibility.”

The coach, however, emphasized the Ravens’ depth at cornerback as a positive.

The team signed free agent Brandon Carr, who has worked as a starter alongside Smith, and drafted Marlon Humphrey in the first round of this year’s draft.

“It’s what [general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] says all the time,” Harbaugh said. “You need to build as much depth into your roster as you can because injuries are going to happen.”

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