The Ravens ended 2018 relatively healthy and don’t have major injury concerns this offseason, but four players have undergone recent surgery.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said left guard Alex Lewis (shoulder), starting safety Tony Jefferson (arthroscopic ankle), nickel cornerback Tavon Young (sports hernia) and outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith (sports hernia) all went under the knife.
Harbaugh said the recovery time for those injuries was four-to-six weeks, except for Lewis, whose recovery will take longer. However, Lewis is expected to be ready for training camp.
Jefferson missed two games after injuring his ankle Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders. He returned Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played some of his best football in December, helping the Ravens make the playoffs. One of Jefferson’s best games was Week 16 against the Los Angeles Chargers, when he made several explosive open-field tackles (six tackles overall) as part of a dominant defensive performance during a 22-10 victory.
The 24-year-old Young enjoyed his best season and missed just one game (Week 12), despite sitting out practices late in the year due to his injury. Young made several game-changing plays, returning fumbles for touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons and Chargers.
Smith led the Ravens with a career-high 8 ½ sacks and is set to hit free agency in March. Whether the Ravens re-sign the 26-year-old Smith will impact other moves the Ravens make during free agency and the draft.
Lewis started the first six games at left guard before suffering a neck injury Week 6 against the Tennessee Titans. He returned in Week 9 and started four more games before his shoulder injury in Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons. That was Lewis’ last action of the season.