The Ravens suffered another blow to their secondary with the news that rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill will miss the remainder of the season because of a major right knee injury.
Coach John Harbaugh announced Tuesday morning that Hill tore the ACL and MCL in his knee while racing downfield to cover a punt in the third quarter of Saturday’s 23-16 win against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. Hill made his way to the team’s injured reserve list, becoming the 15th player in that group.
“He has an ACL and an MCL tear, so he’ll be out,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a tough one. A noncontact injury and just unfortunate for him. He’s a tough young man and was really working hard on special teams, developing as a defensive back. I think he’s a developmental guy for us and has a real bright future, but he’ll have to work to rehab that injury. It was a tough one for him and for us.”
Hill, an undrafted free agent from Jacksonville State, had sat out the first six games of the season because of a strained hamstring. In six games, he had one tackle and one pass breakup on defense and two tackles on special teams.
Hill joins fellow cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (torn left Achilles tendon), Tavon Young (torn left ACL) and Brandon Boykin (undisclosed) on injured reserve.
The team filled Hill’s spot on the active roster by promoting rookie wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo from the practice squad. The undrafted free agent caught only three passes for 31 yards in the preseason, but had impressed with his speed and acrobatic catching ability.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, who has been a healthy scratch in the past two games, could see his first action, and Robertson Daniel, who was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 5, might be promoted to the active roster in time for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We’ll have to look at it, we’ll have to figure that out as the week goes on,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll have until Saturday afternoon to kind of decide what we do. We’ll probably bring an extra guy in — at least on the practice squad. Of course, we have Robertson Daniel on the practice squad, so he’d be an option there. We’ll just have to see how it goes. He’s ready to play. I have a lot of faith in Stanley, too. He’s practiced really well, and I expect him to come in and play at a high level.”
Hope for Maclin? As expected, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin did not suit up for Saturday game because of the left knee injury he sustained against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 17. But Harbaugh sounded as if there is a chance – however slight – that Maclin could return in time for Sunday’s finale against the Bengals.
“It’s just a rehab thing,” Harbaugh said Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s going to be a major update. It’s a healing issue. Jeremy has always been a quick healer. That’s a good thing. So it will be maybe this game. I think he’s got a chance. We’ll just have to see as it gets closer to game time.”
Against Indianapolis, quarterback Joe Flacco completed passes to 10 different receivers, but no player had more than 60 yards or five catches. Maclin, who is tied for second on the team in touchdown catches (three), ranks third in yards (440) and ranks fourth in receptions (40), could help against a Cincinnati defense that ranks seventh against the pass (212.3 yards allowed per game) and in sacks (40).
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