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Cornerback Asa Jackson Done For The Season, Ravens Scouring CB Market

Posted Dec 15, 2014

The Ravens have lost their fifth cornerback to a season-ending injury.

Another Ravens cornerback is headed to injured reserve.

Starting cornerback Asa Jackson suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday’s victory to the Jaguars, Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Monday.

“It’s like a five-week injury, so we’ll be ruling him out the rest of the way,” Harbaugh said.

Jackson’s injury will make him the fifth Ravens corner to get placed on injured reserve this season. Jimmy Smith (foot), Danny Gorrer (knee), Tramain Jacobs (thigh) and Aaron Ross (achilles) have already been lost for the season.

Losing Jackson could put the Ravens back on the market for a cornerback with just two games left in the regular season. 

“I don’t think you ever feel like you have enough depth to get you through, so we’ll be looking at all of our options,” Harbaugh said. “It’s one thing to hope to have a guy, and it’s another thing to find a guy. We’re just looking at our options right now as we speak, and we’ll have some answers probably over the next two days on that.”

The injury bug has hit the Ravens hard at cornerback, and they have had a revolving door on the back end of the defense to offset all the injuries. The Ravens have shuffled seven cornerbacks on or off the active roster since Nov. 4. 

“We don’t have time to worry about it, but it seems that [the cornerbacks have been particularly susceptible to injuries],” Harbaugh said. “It seems that for teams it comes in bunches at certain positions. Certain types of injuries – whether it’s with the team or around the league — it feels that way.”

The Ravens currently have four healthy cornerbacks on the roster: Lardarius Webb, Anthony Levine, Rashaan Melvin and Antoine Cason. Melvin took over for Jackson in Sunday’s game, and Melvin impressed in his two quarters of action.

Cason, a seven-year veteran, could also help the unit after getting signed last week. He was a healthy scratch Sunday, but he started 11 games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season.


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