Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton earns NFL honor, does not practice

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OWINGS MILLS — Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after a dominant performance in the Ravens’ 33-19 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Christmas night.

Hamilton had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, but he did remain on the sideline. He did not participate in the Ravens’ first practice of the week because of the injured knee. The Ravens play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at 1 at M&T Bank Stadium with the top seed in the AFC on the line.

Against the 49ers, Hamilton registered five tackles (three solo), two interceptions, and a career-high three passes defensed. He became the youngest Raven in franchise history at 22 years old with a multi-interception performance.

Hamilton also ended a 49ers streak of 10 consecutive red-zone drives resulting in a touchdown when he picked off quarterback Brock Purdy in the end zone in the first quarter.

Hamilton recorded another interception after cornerback Marlon Humphrey deflected the ball in the air. On this particular play, Hamilton was also on the receiving end of an illegal chop block penalty before getting back on his feet and making the interception.

Hamilton is the NFL’s only defender with at least four interceptions and 10 tackles for a loss this season. The marks had not been accomplished in a single season since 2015 with safety Tyrann Mathieu, who was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors that season.

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