Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, a team leader and one of the NFL’s top defensive backs, will miss the rest of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach John Harbaugh announced Monday.
Humphrey appeared to injure his upper body while trying to stop Pittsburgh wide receiver Dionte Johnson from diving into the end zone with 1:48 in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Humphrey, who never missed more than two games in a year in his first four NFL seasons, underwent an MRI after the game to determine the extent of his injury.
“Prefer to have him, for sure,” said Harbaugh. “But we’ll go with the guys we’ve got. We have really good players who can play and play and we’ll be ready to go.”
With Humphrey out, the Ravens will play their last five regular-season games without their top two cornerbacks. Marcus Peters, who won All-Pro honors with Humphrey in 2019, tore his ACL during a preseason exercise in early September. Safety DeShawn Elliott also suffered a season-ending biceps and pectoral injury in a Week 9 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Ravens started with JK Dobbins (knee) running back, Ronnie Stanley (ankle) from left and defensive end Derek Wolff (back/hip) with season-ending injuries. Nose tackle Brandon Williams said after Sunday’s loss that the team would have a responsibility to absorb Humphrey’s injury and not let it hinder their progress.
Williams said, ‘We have got a lot of injuries. “So we’ve been dealing with stress throughout the season, and we’ve been able to overcome it. So that’s what we plan to do. … the program must go on. We pray that Marlon makes it back, we pray Let’s make sure everyone who’s down right now. But we still have games to play. Next week, we’ve got the Browns, and we’ve got to focus on that.
Anthony Everett, Tavan Young, Jimmy Smith and Chris Westery will now lead the Ravens cornerback room. Everett leads the defense in interceptions with two, but he was on the wrong end of a 40-yard completion from Roethlisberger to wide receiver Chase Claypool and then a 29-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Johnson on back-to-back plays . fourth quarter.
Young has been at the top of the team, although he was limited by illness on Sunday. Smith (ankle) played 42 snaps on Sunday after not practicing Friday and Westree was disabled on Sunday with a thigh injury.
“We will work through personnel,” Harbaugh said. “We have people, and we’ll work through it over the course of the week. Some of it is who you play, what are the matchups. We’ll figure it all out.”