Paul Kruger was in his home state of Utah, enjoying a rare day off from offseason training, when he logged into his email account and saw a string of emails awaiting him on May 3rd.
"I knew something must have been up, because I had a bunch of texts and emails. More than usual. I went on the Internet, and there it was -- Terrell was injured," the fourth-year Ravens player said this week at Ravens minicamp. "I got on the phone, called some of the other guys, spoke with coaches, and it was confirmed. Major major, blow, for sure."
Kruger, then, took a pause, and continued.
"Next man up," he said with no explanation.
I pressed. "Huh?"
"That's our mantra," Kruger said. "Next man up. If that's me, then I'll do my best to step in. Sometimes you can't control the situation. Sometimes guys get hurt. No point lingering too much on it. Next man up. That's what we say, here."
"Next Man Up" was the title of a John Feinstein book about the 2004 Baltimore Ravens. Though only a handful of the...