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Tavon Young Plans to Come Back 'Bigger, Faster, Stronger' From Torn ACL


Tavon Young isn't interested in dwelling on the disappointment of tearing his ACL.

The second-year cornerback suffered the injury 10 days ago during Organized Team Activities, but he stressed at Lardarius Webb's charity softball game Sunday that his focus now is to make the most of a bad situation. 

"I'm just looking forward. That's all I can say. I just take it as a blessing," Young said.

"God puts you through things and I just look at it as a time to sharpen my mind, body and soul. Come back bigger, faster and stronger."

Young seemed in good spirits as he joked with teammates and mingled with fans at the charity event. He was wearing a knee brace Sunday and was walking around without any noticeable limp, but he said he'll undergo surgery this week.

The injury will likely cost Young his entire second season.

"My focus now is to get closer to the Lord and learn more of the game," he said. "I'll be watching from a different perspective."

Losing Young is a significant blow to Baltimore's secondary. He started 11 games as a rookie and played well when thrown into a difficult situation at outside corner.

Young, 5-foot-9 and 177 pounds, is best suited as a slot corner, and the Ravens' additions of Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey were going to allow Young to move back inside this year. The injury means that the Ravens will now turn to Webb, Maurice Canady or recent veteran addition Brandon Boykin in the slot.

Young's injury is similar to what Webb went through early in his career. Webb tore his ACL late in his rookie season, and the veteran wants to be a resource for his teammate as he goes through the recovery process.

"With me being through that two times, going through the ups and downs, I can help him get through this," Webb said. "He'll come back and be that great corner that we saw last year."

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