Brandon Stephens Back in Baltimore After Illness Sent Him to Hospital

CB Brandon Stephens

Ravens cornerback Brandon Stephens has returned to Baltimore after being hospitalized in Cincinnati before Sunday's game against the Bengals, the team said in a statement released Wednesday morning.

"Baltimore Ravens CB Brandon Stephens became acutely ill at the team hotel on Sunday morning and was transported to a local hospital in Cincinnati for evaluation," the statement reads. "He remained in Cincinnati for treatment and has since returned to Baltimore, where he is feeling better and is in good spirits."

Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens contacted Stephens' parents right away when he became ill and they immediately to Cincinnati and were at the hospital with Ravens medical personnel throughout the day Sunday.

"You knew he was OK; I don't think anybody had a real scare in terms of anything really bad happening, but it was surprising because he was ready to play and then all the sudden that popped up in the morning," Harbaugh said.

A third-round pick in 2021, Stephens has played in 15 games this season, making four starts. Stephens has 37 tackles and seven passes defensed this season. He stepped in and played well for Marcus Peters in back-to-back starts against the Falcons and Steelers in Weeks 16 and 17. With Stephens ill in Cincinnati on Sunday, he was replaced by veteran Daryl Worley.

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