The Baltimore Ravens suffered another high school injury. Ar’Darius Washington injured his foot during training on Wednesday. after Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.
The injury is “potentially significant” and calls into question Washington’s status for the prime-time matchup on Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns.
The Ravens were already without cornerbacks Anthony Averett and Jimmy Smith against the Bears, leaving only Marlon Humphrey, Chris Westry and Tavon Young available to them, while Washington and his rookie Brandon Stephens were also available to play corners. But Stephens was already safe after DeShon Elliott sustained an end-of-season injury two weeks ago and forced Washington to step onto the field when Young hobbled off on Sunday.
Averett returned to practice today as a limited participant while Smith stayed on the sidelines, according to the Ravens’ official injury report. Westry and Young both missed training on Wednesday and Thursday, despite no additional reports on their status. Humphrey remains the only healthy cornerback in the Ravens’ active squad, making secondary school a key position group to watch in the days leading up to Sunday’s game against the Browns.
Despite its miniature frame of 5 feet 8 and 178 pounds, Washington was widely expected to be selected from the TCU in the 2021 NFL draft, but was somehow still available when the draft ended. Despite two defensive backs, the Ravens took the opportunity to sign Washington, as his advantages as a tyrant Mathieu-like playmaker were safe.
The move received rave reviews from draft evaluators, with Pro Football Focus’s Zach Tantillo naming it the best undrafted free agent contract of the year:
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports was also delighted with the signing, classing it as his # 2 pick up based on the draft:
But Washington has barely seen a time in Baltimore with just seven defensive snaps and 22 on special teams. Despite injuries to multiple Ravens defenders, Washington has been a healthy scratch in seven of Baltimore’s ten games this season. Zrebiec’s report of his injury doesn’t bode well for his availability for the remainder of his rookie year, though the Ravens haven’t released any official updates on Washington’s status yet.
With so many injuries in their secondary school, the Ravens have chosen to keep veteran defensive backs Jordan Richards and Kevon Seymour on their training roster this week, according to the NFL’s official transactional report, in case they have to activate either or both for Sunday’s game.
Richards has appeared in one game this season and only played in special teams against the Indianapolis Colts in week 5
Seymour arrived in Baltimore that season and played three games mainly as a special team member. Expect at least one of the training team’s two defensive backs to be seen on Sunday, unless there are significant turnarounds for multiple Ravens in the next few days.