The Ravens are down another key player. On Sunday, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that the cornerback Marlon Humphrey needs an MRI for an unspecified injury and “it could be a while” before he retakes the field (Twitter link via Field Yates of ESPN.com).
The Ravens could have taken the Steelers to overtime on Sunday with an extra point, but opted to go for two instead. The decision, according to Harbaugh, was prompted by Humphrey’s early exit. The Ravens, left with just two healthy cornerbacks, lost 20-19.
The Ravens are still atop the AFC North at 8-4, but the 7-5 Bengals aren’t far behind. The footsteps will only get louder from here if they lose Humphrey for an extended stretch.
Humphrey, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2017 draft, is fresh off of back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons, plus a First-Team All-Pro nod in 2019. Last year, he registered 82 stops, 2.5 sacks, one interception, and a league-leading eight forced fumbles. The 25-year-old hasn’t been quite as sharp this year, but he still ranks as the 27th best cornerback in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics.
The Ravens will know more after further testing on Monday, but they’re unlikely to have Humphrey when they face the Browns one week from today.
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