The Ravens’ Unfortunate Luck Strikes Again, Ruining Baltimore’s Dwindling Super Bowl Hopes With a Painful Injury Update

Before training camp began, the Baltimore Ravens appeared to be one of the teams to beat in the AFC. John Harbaugh’s squad had legitimate Super Bowl hopes. That was until the injury bug slithered its way into the Ravens’ locker room. Countless players have suffered season-ending injuries, but Marlon Humphrey’s could prove the most costly of all.

Marlon Humphrey suffered potentially season-ending injury

Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey looks on during game against the Vikings
Marlon Humphrey of the Baltimore Ravens reacts during game against the Minnesota Vikings | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens entered Week 13 with an 8-3 record, good for first place in the AFC. Their reign at the top of the conference was short-lived, though. Baltimore narrowly lost a tightly-contested game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Not only did the Ravens lose the game, but they lost one of their most important players in the process.

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey went down late in the fourth quarter as he tried to make a play on Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson. Humphrey tried to tackle Johnson, who scored the go-ahead touchdown.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Ravens fear the All-Pro cornerback suffered a torn pectoral muscle, which would knock him out for the remainder of the 2021 season. The team is waiting on an MRI to confirm, but the prognosis does not look good.

The Alabama product is a 2-time Pro Bowler who has climbed the ranks and become one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL today. He’s not only the best defensive player on the Ravens, but he’s also one of the team’s vocal leaders in the locker room.

Losing Humphrey is a devastating blow for a squad that’s already lost several key pieces.

Injuries continue to pile up for Baltimore

Marlon Humphrey joins a laundry list of costly injuries the Baltimore Ravens have suffered in a single season.

The season got off on the wrong foot when starting running back J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending knee injury in the final preseason game.

The Ravens were dealt another crushing blow in practice, leading up to the regular season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. Running back Gus Edwards and Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters suffered torn ACLs in the same practice.

All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley had his 2020 season cut short due to injury. His 2021 campaign ended before it even started, as an injury in the season opener knocked him out for the year.

Starting safety DeShon Elliott was beginning to come along and become a solid piece for Wink Martindale’s defense. He went down with a torn biceps and pectoral muscle in Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Along the way, Baltimore has also lost linebacker L.J. Fort, running back Justice Hill, and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe.

Somehow John Harbaugh’s crew has managed to be 8-4 still, but there’s only but so much carnage one team can take.

A battered Ravens team can’t win the Super Bowl

Even after the loss to Pittsburgh, Baltimore still sits atop the AFC North. However, the more injuries pile up, the less likely the Ravens are to reach the Super Bowl.

The Ravens are a depleted football team, especially in the secondary. Baltimore’s defense boasted arguably the league’s best cornerback tandem in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. Now both are done for the season. DeShon Elliott brought physicality to the back end of the defense, but he’s gone, too.

Humphrey’s injury leaves Anthony Averett, Tavon Young, and Jimmy Smith to shoulder the load at cornerback. Young and Smith seem to be constantly battling injuries or illnesses. Averett has shown promise at times, but he’s not a No. 1 corner.

The Ravens’ pass defense struggled before Humphrey went down, so the unit is in major trouble without him. Baltimore has matchups against Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Joe Burrow coming up. Things could get ugly.

This crushing injury news puts even more pressure on Lamar Jackson and a struggling offense. As talented as the former MVP is, not even he can overcome the situation the Ravens are in at the moment.

Baltimore entered 2021 with realistic Super Bowl aspirations, but those are fading away by the week. Marlon Humphrey’s brutal injury could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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