Ravens veteran cornerback suffers cruciate ligament rupture
The Baltimore Ravens won their season opener 24-9 over the New York Jets, but it came at a price in the form of season-ending injuries to key elements on both sides of the ball.
A day after announcing that veteran offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James ruptured the same Achilles tendon that caused him to miss the entire 2021 season, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters MRIs confirmed that veteran cornerback Kyle Fuller suffered a cruciate ligament tear and will miss the rest of the 2022 season.
He walked onto the turf in the end zone and caught his knee on a second-half play where he was backstabbed by Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore, who was flagged for offensive pass interference after the catch.
“One of those things. Just a crazy thing on the artificial turf – got knocked off and just landed wrong on the turf and the turf doesn’t usually give out as much as grass,” Harbaugh said in a news conference on Monday 09/12/2022.
Fuller signed with the Ravens offseason on May 24, 2022 and should offer quality, experience, starting caliber and depth of play at cornerback. He started the season opener against the Jets in place of Marcus Peters, who was inactive as the team wanted to give him an extra week before returning to the game after tearing his own cruciate ligament.
“He just liked everything about what we were doing and he fit in so well, played a good ball in the game and really all camp,” Harbaugh said. “Such a serious guy, so determined. He will come back stronger than ever.”
Ripple effect on depth chart
Fuller was replaced in the starting lineup opposite Marlon Humphrey by sophomore Brandon Stephens, who started 11 games at free safety last year but has returned to cornerback where he played his last two collegiate seasons at SMU.
The 2021 third-rounder had a solid game overall with some nice plays and a few errors. He had a couple of clutch pass demolitions, including one on a second try that resulted in a fourth retirement and resulted in a missed field goal. Stephens was also called out for a defensive penalty that nullified a solo sack from defensive tackle Justin Madubuike.
“He played a really good, fundamentally healthy game of football,” Harbaugh said. “Had key games on the ball to get us off the field. In general he played a really good game, I thought it was a good step up from where he was last year.
The Ravens also have rookies Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion ‘Pepe’ Williams, who they picked in the fourth round of this year’s draft. They played 16 defensive snaps combined, with Williams playing the most with 13 to Armour-Davis’ three.
The cornerback position has long been the Achilles’ heel, costing the team through seasons where it could have been and often seen as a strong contender for the championship. A prime example of this came last season, when they were limited to signing free agents off the road towards the end of the season after injuries exhausted their starting caliber options on the roster.
Despite having veterans Kevon Seymour and Daryl Worley and sophomore Ar’Darius Washington on their practice squad, the Ravens firmly believe in the stereotype that one team can never have enough corners. You’re probably already watching the veteran free agent market and looking for potential reinforcements on other teams’ practice squads as well.
Some free-agent options include Chris Westry, who appeared in six games and made two starts with the Ravens in 2021, former four-time Pro Bowler Chris Harris Jr., former three-time Pro Bowler Xavier Rhodes, and pro Kevin King as a sixth-year starter 42 of his 51 career games.
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