The Ravens secondary has taken a beating in the first several weeks of the 2019 season.
The latest casualty? Safety Tony Jefferson.
Coach Harbaugh says Tony Jefferson (knee) will be out for the season as it stands now. pic.twitter.com/gy5a5NPlAn— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 6, 2019
Coach John Harbaugh confirmed after the Ravens’ 26-23 overtime win that Jefferson suffered an ACL injury, suggesting there could be more damage done to the joint on top of that. Jefferson went down on the same play Earl Thomas picked off the Steelers, but the interception was negated by Jefferson’s defensive holding.
The veteran leader at the back of the Ravens’ defense will miss the rest of the season.
It’s a crushing blow to a unit that has experienced its fair share of hits early on. Slot cornerback Tavon Young was already out for the year, and starting corner Jimmy Smith has missed the past few weeks with a knee injury of his own.
Smith should return eventually, but the war of attrition that is professional football is taking a toll on the secondary. The Ravens’ defense has struggled in a way fans haven’t seen much in the team’s short history, and while they would never admit it thanks to their “next man up” mentality, injuries have played a major role.
The secondary was expected to be not only the best unit on the defense, but the strength of the Ravens’ team entirely. In fact, some thought the group would be the best in the NFL, but they’ve fallen far short of that mark since Week 2.
Jefferson is one of the most respected leaders for the Ravens both on and off the field. His loss doesn’t end the team’s season just yet, but provides yet another obstacle for a scuffling team to overcome.
Y’all pray for my dawg @_tonyjefferson 🙏🏾 love you bro !— Ronnie Stanley (@megatronnie) October 7, 2019
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