Baltimore Ravens

Ravens rookie OLB Daelin Hayes leaves NFL debut vs. Lions with ankle injury; S DeShon Elliott exits with quad injury

Ravens rookie outside linebacker Daelin Hayes was carted off the field during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions after suffering an ankle injury. Safety DeShon Elliott went into the locker room in the fourth quarter with a quad injury.

Hayes, a fifth-round draft pick who made his NFL debut Sunday, is doubtful to return. Elliott, who suffered a concussion in last Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, is questionable to return.


With 12:59 to go in the second quarter, Hayes made a diving attempt to tackle Lions quarterback Jared Goff before landing on the ground. As Detroit was being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, Hayes remained on the ground, holding his ankle.

Moments later, Hayes got up, but was helped off the field by trainers before being carted into the locker room.


Elliott walked gingerly off the field with an apparent injury after Goff threw a 14-yard pass to running back D’Andre Swift with 8:49 to go in the third. Elliott went into the medical tent before returning to the sideline with his helmet on. He later returned to the field before leaving the game once again, and was replaced by rookie third-round pick Brandon Stephens.

The Ravens entered Sunday’s game thin at outside linebacker and defensive line. Outside linebackers Jaylon Ferguson and Justin Houston and defensive linemen Brandon Williams and Justin Madubuike were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Ferguson reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. Defensive end Derek Wolfe has missed the first three games with a lingering back/hip injury suffered during training camp.

The Ravens are down to rookie Odafe Oweh, Tyus Bowser and Pernell McPhee at outside linebacker.

Hayes, who was making his NFL debut in his hometown of Detroit, missed the first two games because of a knee injury.

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