Ravens lose another key defensive player to major injury

Ravens, Chris Westry Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Ravens, Chris Westry Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The Baltimore Ravens have been hit with an unprecedented number of injuries over the last month or so. And on Thursday, it continued to get worse with an unfortunate update regarding cornerback Chris Westry.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is reporting that Westry has suffered a torn lateral meniscus and is out indefinitely. The timetable for such an injury is at least 1-2 months, if not longer.

Westry is headed for the injured reserve while the Ravens are exploring external cornerback options such as veteran Buster Skrine, per Fowler.

The Ravens just signed former Carolina Panthers cornerback Kevon Seymour to their practice squad on Wednesday. It’s possible that he gets promoted prior to Week 2.

Chris Westry is the latest Ravens player to suffer a major injury

In a season that now feels eerily similar to 2015, the Ravens have suffered injury after injury with Westry being the latest addition.

This comes just hours after it was reported that the team plans to be without star left tackle Ronnie Stanley for the foreseeable future as he will undergo more testing after he didn’t look quite right in Week 1.

If Stanley and Westry land on the injured reserve, that will bring the total number of Ravens players on reserve lists to a whopping 17. We haven’t even reached Week 2 of the regular season yet.

This level of poor injury luck is unprecedented, but it is reality.

With Westry out, the Ravens are surely feeling the losses of Shaun Wade and Nigel Warrior even more. Westry played 38 percent of defensive snaps and 66 percent of special-teams snaps in Monday’s season-opener.

This means the Ravens will have to rely even more on Anthony Averett who started in place of Marcus Peters. On top of that, others such as Tavon Young, Brandon Stephens, or even Ar’Darius Washington could be forced to play some in Westry’s place.

The Ravens are also desperate for the return of Jimmy Smith who has been out nursing a low-ankle sprain since the beginning of August. His return will help alleviate the losses of Peters and Westry, but he alone can’t replace them.

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The hits just keep on coming for the Ravens. Chris Westry is the latest victim.