BALTIMORE — Yet again, a serious injury has been suffered by a big-name Baltimore Ravens player.
The Ravens advanced to 2-0 on Sunday with a 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. However, some negative news transpired along with the win. On the first play of the second half, guard Marshal Yanda‘s left ankle got trapped in the bottom of a pile. He laid on the field for a few seconds, and trainers made their way onto the field. Eventually, Yanda got up and walked off the field, with some assistance from trainers.
Following a short evaluation on the sidelines, the trainers took Yanda to the locker room. He did not return to the game.
During the postgame press conference, John Harbaugh announced that Yanda’s ankle injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2017 season. The severity of the injury has yet to be revealed, but Tweets by media members lean towards it being either a break or fracture to Yanda’s left ankle.
In Yanda’s place, Tony Bergstrum, whom the Ravens acquired a few weeks ago in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, will be the starting right figured going forward. He has four starts in his six-year career.
Aside from Joe Flacco, an injury to Yanda may be the most difficult for the Ravens to handle. Yanda, a six-time Pro-Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro, consistently ranks as the best offensive lineman in the NFL, by entities such as Pro Football Focus. Even at his age of 33, Yanda dominates opponents in the trenches. He’s an extremely durable player, only missing significant time once in his 11-year career.
Zrebiec pretty much sums it up perfectly. It seems like the injury bug never stops in the NFL, and the Ravens find themselves bitten almost every week. Getting the same production that Yanda provided won’t happen, and makes the already-thin offensive line even more of a concern.
Even though the Ravens hold a 2-0 record, its hard to feel anything positive about the win with an injury as significant as this one.
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