Ravens, Tavon Young Weighing Options Following Injury

August 19, 2019 - 12:15 pm

By Joe Schiller

The Ravens were dealt a significant blow on Thursday night when Head Coach John Harbaugh announced cornerback Tavon Young could miss the entire 2019 season with a neck injury.

Young, one of the league’s emerging slot cornerbacks, signed a three-year deal this offseason and now the Ravens are left filling a void at an important secondary position.

On Saturday, Harbaugh gave an update Young’s status. 

“It’s still a decision that has to be made, Harbaugh said. “That’s between the doctors and Tavon and his family and his agent, stuff like that. Ultimately, it’s the player’s decision about how he wants to handle the injury. I’m sure he’s getting some opinions. That’s what guys do. Certainly, Tavon wants to play. That’s for sure. So, we’ll just see what happens.”

Young will most certainly start the season on Injured Reserve, but depending the route he goes, there is a chance he could return. But with the severity of a neck injury, it’s something the Ravens or Young’s party might not want to risk.

Not to mention, the Ravens only have two players they can designate from IR during the season.

Baltimore has one of the deepest secondaries in the NFL and options to replace Young. The most obvious option is Cyrus Jones, but his lack of experience is a concern. Veteran Brandon Carr could also move in the slot, along with Anthony Averett, Maurice Canady or Anthony Levine.

Harbaugh indicated that it could be a group by committee, something that may change over the course of the 16-week season.

With a surplus of draft picks, the Ravens could also target a trade.

No matter how they do it, slot cornerback is a major concern to address heading into the season.