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John Harbaugh confirmed that both linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb will miss the remainder of the season, although the Baltimore Ravens head coach did his best to make Monday's grim announcement feel like a normal news conference rather than a wake.
"There have been many, many times our defense carried a heavy, heavy burden over the years," Harbaugh said. "For our offense . . . and our special teams to carry some of that burden is a great thing. I'm quite sure (the defense) is going to be doing the same through the course of the season. I have a lot of confidence in those guys. We are going to play really good defense."
The injuries suffered in Sunday's 31-29 win over the Cowboys aren't just a blow to the depth of one of the top defenses in the NFL for more than a decade. At 37, Lewis, whose torn triceps likely will require surgery, may have played his final NFL game. This is Webb's second torn ACL, although to a different knee.
"These are guys who put so much effort, heart and soul into what they do," Harbaugh said. "Lardarius was distraught; I could see it when I walked on the field in his face. He kind of knew because he's been through it before. He was beside himself.
"Ray, in the locker room afterward, didn't know (the extent of the injury), but was worried about it. He said some things about his faith in providence and going to back to his faith. When you face adversity and you look at his situation, what he's accomplished and what he hoped to accomplish -- he's going to have to accomplish those things in a different way. My heart goes out to those guys."
The players weren't available to the media on Monday and Harbaugh didn't want to speculate on whether Lewis would indeed be done after 17 seasons. Lewis' career highlights include 13 Pro Bowl invites, seven All-Pro selections and a victory in Super Bowl XXXV.
"I'm not going to make any comment on that," Harbaugh said of Lewis' future. "That's for Ray to speak on. I admire Ray Lewis. I have said that many times. Anybody who knows him feels that way about him. I look forward to see what he says about that."
Filling the hole personnel-wise is pretty straightforward. Fourth-year pro Dannell Ellerbe will fill in for Lewis at inside linebacker, which was the case last season when Lewis missed four games with a toe injury. (The Ravens went 4-0.)
Jimmy Smith, who is in his second year out of Colorado, will take over for Webb at corner.
"They are very good football players," Harbaugh said. "I feel good about those two players, Jimmy and Dannell. They'll do well. I'm very confident in those guys."
And the Ravens should be getting Terrell Suggs back sometime over the next few weeks. The Ravens can activate the outside linebacker, who tore his Achilles tendon playing basketball during the offseason, from the non-football injury list as early as this week, although Harbaugh said that move remains up in the air.
A more immediate concern for the Ravens is the pathetic tackling against the Cowboys. The Ravens allowed a franchise-worst 227 yards rushing on Sunday. Baltimore (5-1), sitting atop the AFC North, two games ahead of Cincinnati, travels to Houston to face the Texans (5-1) on Sunday.
"It's all correctable," Harbaugh said.
Much of the onus could fall on quarterback Joe Flacco, who is seeking a contract extension and has had no problems touting his abilities. With Lewis out, this could very well become Flacco's team.
"I feel great about our chances to fill in (the leadership void)," Harbaugh said. "That's something we've been able to do in the past. That's what you have to be able to do. That's something to define what we'll be able to accomplish this year. That's something we are going to need from a leadership and player standpoint."
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The Ravens' worst fears have been confirmed, as torn triceps will indeed keep their franchise linebacker sidelined for the rest of 2012.
So as expected yesterday, the Baltimore Ravens announced that Ray Lewis would be shutting it down for the rest of the season. Could this be the last we’ve seen of Ray Lewis? At first look, it doesn’t look like anything but a standard tackle with maybe a little stinger down the arm but he doesn’t look like he’s in pain.
He’s a good linebacker, don’t get me wrong...
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis may have torn his right triceps in Sunday's win over Dallas according to Jeff Darlington from the NFL Network.Fantasy Spin:Baltimore can't afford an injury to Lewis after losing cornerback Lardarius Webb to a torn ACL earlier in the day. The Ravens have also been without star defensive end Terrell Suggs all season. The beat-up Ravens head to Houston...
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb left Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a sprained right knee.
Webb banged his knee in a first-quarter collision with Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Webb remained prone on the field for several minutes before being helped to the sideline.
Webb was immediately taken to the Ravens locker room to be examined, and the team revealed...
The Baltimore Ravens may have won their battle with the Dallas Cowboys, winning 31-29 last Sunday in dramatic fashion, but they lost the injury battle, losing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb for the season. Let the panic in Baltimore begin.The Ravens are off to a great start (5-1) and are tied for the best record in the AFC. But their defense is ranked near the bottom of the NFL and...
The Baltimore Ravens haven't completely abandoned hope of having Ray Lewis back in uniform this season.
Lewis tore his right triceps in Sunday's game against Dallas and was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. Although coach John Harbaugh said Monday that the 37-year-old linebacker is out for the year, the Ravens placed Lewis on injured reserve with the ''designated...
Ray Lewis tore his triceps and Lardarius Webb tore his ACL in Sunday's 31-29 win over Dallas.
It's official from the medical standpoint--- inside linebacker extraordinaire Ray Lewis is gone for the season (and possibly forever) with a torn triceps muscle, and all-world cornerback Lardarius Webb is done for the year too with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his left knee...The Ravens at least have the knowledge that their overall team leader Ray Lewis will still...
A little more than nine months ago, major contributions from Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb helped the Baltimore Ravens defeat the Houston Texans in the divisional playoffs.
Neither, though, will have any impact on Sunday's rematch between the AFC's top teams in the Lone Star State.
Lewis recorded a team-high seven tackles and Webb intercepted two passes as Baltimore beat...
Ravens LB Ray Lewis Out For Remainder Of Season -
The news on Ray Lewis’s arm injury is every bit as bad as feared. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that an MRI on Lewis showed a complete tear of triceps, meaning Lewis is done for the year. For the Ravens, that’s a major blow: Although Lewis may not be playing at quite the same level as he was when he was the best defensive player...
Baltimore cornerback Lardarius Webb has a torn ACL according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.Fantasy Spin:Webb suffered the injury during Sunday's win over Dallas. He'll miss the rest of the 2012 season.
The Baltimore Ravens have placed cornerback Lardarius Webb on injured reserve and elevated running back Bobby Rainey from the practice squad.
Webb tore the ACL in his left knee Sunday in Baltimore's 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Rainey, a rookie free agent from Western Kentucky, rushed 23 times for 55 yards in four preseason games with Baltimore. He also had 14 catches...
The 49ers are 4-2 and widely hailed as one of the best teams in the NFC. Outside the locker room, it might feel more like 2-4, particularly after the Giants blasted them 26-3 on Sunday in a rematch of the NFC Championship game. They have been nothing if not enigmatic with blow out wins over the Bills and Jets and then manhandling at the hands of the Vikings and Giants. The 49ers...
Here you go.....it’s Week 6 Injury Analysis. Once again, feel free to comment about the posts or to ask about other players you're interested in that were not listed below.
DeMarco Murray: In last weekend’s game, Murray was forced to leave the game due to a foot injury. While x-rays were negative, his MRI did show that he has a “foot sprain”. I’m sure owners...
The Baltimore Ravens will get no sympathy from the Houston Texans about their devastating injuries on defense.
The Texans and Ravens are 5-1 and tied for the best record in the AFC going into Sunday's game at Reliant Stadium.
The Baltimore defense will be without cornerback Lardarius Webb (torn ACL) and inside linebacker Ray Lewis (torn triceps).
The Texans know how the Ravens...