Can anybody play linebacker out there?
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced this afternoon that Ray Lewis has a full tear of his triceps and Lardarius Webb has a torn ACL, and both will miss the rest of the season.
Lewis’ injury, of course, comes on the heels of fellow All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs’ torn Achilles tendon this offseason. The Ravens’ defense has already been struggling this season, allowing 200-plus rushing yards in each of the last two games.
The question may be, will Lewis return to the field at all, or will the first ballot Hall of Famer decide to retire?
Former Ravens coach Brian Billick described the loss of Lewis to USA TODAY as a "huge blow." "You don't take a Hall of Fame player like Ray Lewis out of the heart of the defense and say, 'Okay we're going to be fine,'" Billick said Monday.
Also injured in the win over the Cowboys was nose guard Haloti Ngata, but he’s expected to play against the Houston Texans this Sunday, according to ESPN.
“Meanwhile, Haloti Ngata, the team's best player on the defensive line, suffered a torn MCL in the victory, but is likely to play Sunday against the Texans, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.
Somehow, a torn medial collateral ligament doesn’t sound reassuring at this point.
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