Ravens reserve cornerback Anthony Averett will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a “slight fracture” in his shoulder or collarbone, coach John Harbaugh said Monday.
Averett, who suffered the injury during a second-quarter punt return in Sunday’s 30-28 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, will miss “five or six weeks,” Harbaugh said in a video conference call. The 2018 fourth-round draft pick played double-digit snaps in the Ravens' previous four games, including a career-high 62 in the Week 4 win over the Washington Football Team.
Harbaugh said earlier this month that Averett, who’d been sharing snaps with defensive back Jimmy Smith against spread passing attacks, had improved in coverage. After the Ravens lost top slot cornerback Tavon Young to a torn ACL in September, Averett’s role had expanded in recent weeks.
“He gets better all the time," Harbaugh said Oct. 5. "He has a really good man-cover skill set. He understands the zone coverages now. He tackles. Yes, he’s doing a real good job, and yet, he can still be a lot better as he continues to tighten up his technique, and his eyes, and some of his footwork things. So I’m really happy with Anthony right now. He’s playing well.”
Rookie cornerback Khalil Dorsey, who was signed off the practice squad before the Ravens’ Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, could see an increased workload in Averett’s absence, Harbaugh said. Second-year cornerback Terrell Bonds could also be promoted from the practice squad to bolster the Ravens' depth.
With their bye week, the Ravens should have improved health entering their Nov. 1 game against the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers. Starting defensive tackle Brandon Williams never tested positive for the coronavirus, Harbaugh confirmed, and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list only because of close contact with an infected person. Harbaugh said that Williams will be “fine.”
Starting running back Mark Ingram II suffered an ankle sprain Sunday that forced him to leave the game, but Harbaugh said he’ll “probably be back” for Week 8. “We’ll have to see,” Harbuagh said.
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Starting defensive end Derek Wolfe entered the concussion protocol Wednesday and “should be fine,” Harbaugh said. Starting right guard Tyre Phillips suffered a hand injury Sunday that Harbaugh said is not considered serious.