Stanley Jean-Baptiste’s impressive summer came to a disappointing close Thursday night.
The veteran cornerback suffered what appears to be a broken arm in the preseason finale against the Washington Redskins, Head Coach John Harbaugh announced after the game.
The injury likely means Jean-Baptiste will land on injured reserve as the Ravens trim the roster to 53 players over the next two days.
“It looks pretty serious,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see tomorrow, but it looks like a broken arm.”
Jean-Baptiste came off the field grabbing his right arm in the first half and immediately went into the locker room for X-rays. By the time the game was over, he already had his arm in a cast and sling.
“It’s a tough thing, but I believe everything happens for a reason,” Jean-Baptiste said. “I can’t put my mind around it, why it’s happening. But it is. I just have to take it a day at a time.”
Jean-Baptiste looked to be in line for a spot on the 53-man roster before the injury. The Ravens have a need for an extra defensive back to open the season because of Jimmy Smith’s four-game suspension, and Jean-Baptiste had come on strong.
The 6-foot-3 cornerback hauled in interceptions in back-to-back games against the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins, in addition to making 12 tackles.
“I got some encouragement from my teammates because they knew it was pretty serious, so they were trying to keep my head up,” Jean-Baptiste said.
The injury now opens the door for another player to make the 53-man squad. That could be another defensive back like Kai Nacau, who returned an interception for a touchdown against Washington. The Ravens could also opt to use the roster spot to keep Robert Griffin III as a third quarterback or somebody else.
Even with Jean-Baptiste injured and Smith suspended, Baltimore still has enough cornerback depth with Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Maurice Canady and Anthony Averett in line for roster spots.
The other injury note from the preseason finale was that rookie linebacker Kenny Young had his knee wrapped after leaving the game. Young is competing with Patrick Onwuasor for the starting weak-side linebacker job, and Harbaugh said the team will know more about Young’s injury on Friday.
“I’m getting an MRI tomorrow to see how it’s doing,” Young told reporters. “I’m hoping it’s nothing serious. We’ll see where things are tomorrow. I’m not worried. I’ll be fine.”
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