Jones generated consistent pressure up the middle throughout the night and was one of the more disruptive players on that Ravens’ defense. That was until he was forced to exit the game early with an apparent leg injury in the second half.
Head coach John Harbaugh spoke to reporters after the game and confirmed that Jones had indeed suffered a knee injury, but that he had avoided any major injury.
Harbaugh said that Jones sustained a knee hyperextension and would be forced to miss the remainder of the preseason. More importantly, however, Harbaugh insisted that Jones would not be forced to miss an extended period of time.
It’s unclear what the exact timetable is for his return at this stage, but it does seem like there’s at least a chance that he’s ready for Week 1. Even if he’s not, this update still has to be considered good news given what the alternatives may have been.
Travis Jones will be a big part of the Ravens’ defense in 2022
A third-round pick in this year’s draft, Jones is expected to play an important role as part of the Ravens’ defensive line rotation in 2022. And as far as his future is concerned, the Ravens genuinely believe he can develop into one of the best players on their defense before long.
Many were surprised to see the former Connecticut standout fall as far as he did in the draft, the Ravens included. Given how good he’s looked this summer, it sure seems as though the Ravens may have landed a third-round steal in this year’s draft.
Jones is expected to step in as a key rotational piece in the Ravens’ front-seven rotation alongside the likes of Calais Campbell, Michael Pierce, Justin Madubuike, Brent Urban, and Broderick Washington.
While he may still miss some time with this injury, it’s hard not to feel incredibly relieved given what could have been. Travis Jones will be alright. Crisis averted.
Now rest every important player in that final preseason game and let’s get to Week 1 healthy.