The Baltimore Ravens narrowly won their game against the Dallas Cowboys yesterday, but the team suffered key two injuries that are likely to be far more devastating than a loss to the ‘Boys would have been. Cornerback Lardarius Webb tore his ACL and linebacker (and team leader) Ray Lewis appeared to tear his triceps.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata also left yesterday’s game, but his knee injury is not considered to be serious.
An MRI this morning confirmed Webb’s injury. He will not play another game this season. We are still awaiting results regarding the extent of Lewis’ injury, but he is also expected to be out for the year. At age 37, it’s conceivable that Lewis, a surefire Hall of Famer, has played his last game in the NFL.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Lewis and Webb were among the most important players on a Ravens defense that was expected to carry the team deep into the playoffs. Expected to be one of the league’s best (as it perennially is), the Ravens defense has underachieved through this season’s first six games. Though the team is 5-1 and one of the only AFC teams with a winning record, the Ravens have allowed nearly 20 points a game and could easily have a worse record.
The lone glimmer of hope for the Ravens defense is that defensive end Terrell Suggs is expected to resume practicing with the team this week or in the very near future. The 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been out since the off-season with an Achilles injury.