Ravens rookie safety Kyle Hamilton suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s 13-3 win over the Carolina Panthers, dealing a blow to a defense that put together one of its best performances of the season.
The injury occurred at the 10:07 mark of the third quarter as Hamilton was being blocked on a screen pass to wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. The No. 14 overall draft pick was looked at by trainers before being helped off the field while favoring his left leg. After Hamilton was evaluated in the medical tent, he limped into the locker room under his own power.
Hamilton was initially ruled questionable to return, but did not come back to the field. Coach John Harbaugh declined to provide an update on Hamilton’s status after the game.
The former Notre Dame star had been improving of late as a versatile and valuable piece of the Ravens’ defense. Hamilton was off to a strong start Sunday, totaling four tackles (one for loss) and a quarterback hit. Through nine games, he had 25 tackles (two for loss), two pass deflections, a sack and a forced fumble and entered Sunday as Pro Football Focus’ fourth-highest graded safety.
“We’re just now just tapping into things that he can do,” secondary coach Chris Hewitt said after the Ravens’ Week 9 win over the New Orleans Saints. “He’s a unique player.”
The safety spot already took a major hit when veteran Marcus Williams was placed on injured reserve last month with a dislocated wrist he suffered in a Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Third-year pro Geno Stone has filled in for Williams alongside veteran Chuck Clark, while defensive back Brandon Stephens saw more playing time Sunday after Hamilton’s injury. Harbaugh said earlier this month that he was hopeful Williams would return in December.