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Marlon Humphrey’s Injury A Huge Blow To Ravens

  • The Draft Network
  • December 7, 2021
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Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. They were defeated by their arch-nemesis Pittsburgh Steelers by a thrilling final score of 20-19. The Ravens had an opportunity to tie the game in the dying seconds, but head coach John Harbaugh opted to attempt the two-point conversion in hopes of winning the contest in regulation. Lamar Jackson's pass to Mark Andrews fell incomplete and the Steelers reigned victorious and kept their playoff hopes alive. The defeat dropped Baltimore from the AFC's No. 1 seed to the three seed, and they now hold just a single game advantage over the Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC North crown. 

To make matters much worse, Harbaugh recently confirmed that star cornerback Marlon Humphrey suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle injury. It represents a catastrophic blow for a Ravens team that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries this season. 

Humphrey joins the likes of Ronnie Stanley, Marcus Peters, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and other Ravens stars that have been lost for the season due to injury. A two-time Pro Bowl cover-man, Humphrey's injury places an unneeded amount of stress on a secondary that has struggled mightily throughout 2021. Baltimore's defense is currently allowing opposing offenses to throw for 272.4 yards per contest, the second-worst mark in the league. Only the putrid Seattle Seahawks are currently conceding more passing yards per game at 275.4.

A first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, Humphrey was quick to make an impact at the NFL level. He was named a first-team All-Pro in 2019 and made the first of his two Pro Bowls in that same season. He has swiftly established himself as one of the most skilled and physically imposing cornerbacks in the NFL. Humphrey has served as a model of consistency for the Ravens defense since making his debut, appearing in 73 of a potential 76 regular-season contests while recording nine interceptions and a healthy 64 passes defended. Humphrey hasn’t experienced his finest season in 2021 but is still without a shadow of a doubt Baltimore’s most talented and competitive cornerback. His services will be missed greatly in the weeks to come.

Baltimore will now enter their crucial Week 14 Sunday afternoon inner-divisional showdown against the Cleveland Browns as one of the most hobbled teams in all of football, as it will mark the first full contest without Humphrey starting at cornerback. The former Alabama standout's absence will thrust the likes of Anthony Averett and Tavon Young into larger showcases on the boundary of Baltimore's defense. It's bad news for an already underperforming secondary. Averett has been credited with allowing 46 receptions on 83 targets and has generally struggled to stifle opposing receivers while earning a poor coverage grade of 53.9, via Pro Football Focus. 

The 8-4 Ravens appear capable of representing the AFC in Super Bowl LVI, but losing Humphrey is the latest blow in a year that has delivered plenty of adversity. It’s going to require all hands on deck from the entire roster as injuries continue to threaten to derail what could be a truly special campaign.

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