Ravens: 5 players who must step up following the DeShon Elliott injury

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The Baltimore Ravens have dealt with a seemingly unprecedented string of poor injury luck this season, and their fortunes got even worse following the loss of DeShon Elliott on Sunday.

Elliott swiftly exited the team’s 34-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings late in the fourth quarter after bringing down Minnesota Vikings fullback C.J. Ham following a crucial 27-yard completion.

The former sixth-round pick left the field in a hurry and was taken to the locker room almost immediately. Head coach John Harbaugh provided injury updates after the game and revealed that Elliott had suffered a torn pec and torn biceps.

In all likelihood, he’s out for the remainder of the season.

Elliott joins a long list of Ravens players to land on the injured reserve this season. The list is too lengthy to recount here, but some of the more notable names are Marcus Peters, Ronnie Stanley, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, L.J. Fort, and Justice Hill.

All of those players were lost to season-ending injuries either prior to the start of the season or following Week 1. That doesn’t include the many others who have missed significant time either.

The Ravens will now be forced to search for Elliott’s replacement. But as with everything related to the Ravens defense, the team isn’t going to lean on one player.

Instead, a collection of players will be forced to step up in Elliott’s absence. Here are a few players who should be expected to do just that.