Humphrey became the seventh starter to be out of the Ravens season
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey was diagnosed with a torn right pectoral muscle Monday and that means missing the remainder of the season, perhaps the biggest loss in an injury-filled season for the Baltimore Ravens.
Marlon humphrey, 25, became the seventh starter (and third in secondary defense) to be out of the season for the Ravens (8-4), clinging to first place in the AFC North by one game. He was injured in Sunday’s 20-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers when he tried to tackle Diontae Johnson before the wide receiver scored the lead touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The coach of the Ravens, John harbaugh, reported that Humphrey will undergo surgery to repair the injury.
“We will continue with the guys we have,” Harbaugh resigned on Monday. “We have really good players who can step in and play and be ready.”
The lost of Marlon humphrey It is not only the last blow, but perhaps also the most devastating. Humphrey, a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback, is the Ravens’ most talented defender, who can take on the best wide receiver in the opposition and start the ball with his physical play. Since he was the 16th overall pick in 2017, he is one of only two NFL players with at least 50 broken passes and 10 forced fumbles (safety Logan Ryan is the other).
Injuries have exhausted a team of Baltimore who has made the playoffs the last three seasons. After Humphrey is placed on injured reserve, the Ravens will have $ 44.3 million of their salary cap on injured reserve, which is 25% of their cap.
Three of Baltimore’s players with the five highest salaries, offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley ($ 10,042 million), cornerback Marcus Peters ($ 9,968 million) and Humphrey ($ 8.44 million), have suffered season-ending injuries. Overall, the Ravens have lost 11 players who will cash out more than 800,000 for the season.
Baltimore has placed at least one player on injured reserve in four of the past five weeks. The total number of Ravens players on injured reserve will increase to 17 when added Humphrey.
“I mean, we have a lot of injuries, so we’ve been dealing with stress all season and we’ve been able to overcome it,” Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams said after Sunday’s game. “That’s what we plan to do. It’s a ‘follow-on’ mentality, so the show must go on. We pray that Marlon [Humphrey] I am back. We pray that everyone who is injured right now will heal, but we still have games to play. Next week, we have the Browns, so we have to focus on that. “
With Humphrey out, Chris Westry is expected to start in his place, if he is healthy. Harbaugh anticipates that Westry (thigh) and his partner around the corner, Kevon Seymour (reserve / roster COVID-19) will return for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after missing the last game. Last week, all five cornerbacks on the 53-man squad missed at least one practice due to injury or illness.
Through 11 games, the Ravens have lost three starters to high school injuries this season: Humphrey, Peters (torn anterior cruciate ligament) and deep DeShon Elliott (torn biceps). Strong safety Chuck Clark is the only starter left in the high school since the beginning of the year.
Baltimore allows 272.4 yards through the air (second-worst in the NFL). The Ravens finish the season against three top-10 quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow.
Harbaugh said no one on the team feels sorry for himself after losing so many players to injuries.
“These are football problems,” Harbaugh reflected. “There are people who face much more difficult challenges.”