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The Ravens took another hit to their defense with the likely passage of starting cornerback Fabian Washington to Injured Reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Baltimore’s 17-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. On the Colts’ last drive, Washington tried to force running back Joseph Addai out of bounds near the Indianapolis sideline, but appeared to land awkwardly on his left leg.
He was attended by Ravens medical staff for several minutes before he was helped off the field unable to put weight on the leg.
“It looks like he has an ACL tear,” Harbaugh explained in his Monday press conference. “We’ll find out later today. Maybe the MRI will come back and tell us something different, but as of right now we’re proceeding as if he’ll be done for the season.”
Washington was having a solid performance until then, logging four passes and tipping a ball that safety Dawan Landry intercepted.
While rookie Lardarius Webb is the next player on the depth chart behind Washington, Harbaugh said that Frank Walker, Chris Carr or perhaps even an outside candidate will compete for the starting position.
“Lardarius is going to be a big part of the plans,” said Harbaugh. “I’m not sure exactly how we’re going to set that up right now. Chris Carr’s in the mix, and Frank Walker is in the mix, and we’ll see if we bring somebody else in at corner to bolster us up a little bit. But we’ll be sharing the duty with that. Obviously, Lardarius has played well so he’ll be a big part of that.”
Shortly after Harbaugh’s statement, Washington confirmed the news on his Twitter account (@FABEWASH31), writing, “Thanx for all of your support. Yes I do have a torn ACL. But I’ll get through this. Go Ravens.”