Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh just announced that middle linebacker Ray Lewis has a complete triceps tear and is out for the season. He suffered the tear during the fourth-quarter of the teams’ 31-29 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Being a 37-year old linebacker in his 17th NFL season, we may have seen the last of one of the greatest defensive players of all-time. Lewis currently leads the team with 57 tackles, but the biggest thing the Ravens will miss is his emotional and inspiring leadership on the field. While the team is expected to have All-Pro DE/OLB Terrell Suggs return this year from his achilles injury, this is a loss that not only hurts the Ravens, but the NFL as a whole.
The Ravens suffered two other costly injuries on Sunday. Pro Bowl DT Haloti Ngata sprained his right knee and aggravated a minor right shoulder injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed last night that CBLardarius Webb tore his left ACL in their win over the Cowboys, and he is done for the year. CB Jimmy Smith, a 2011 first-round pick out of Colorado is expected to replace Webb.
The Browns were able to grab their first win of the season yesterday as they defeated the Bengals, 34-24 in the final game under the ownership of Randy Lerner. It also halted an 11-game losing streak, which tied a franchise worst, as well as a 12-game losing stretch in the AFC North. RB Trent Richardson left the game with a rib injury and is being listed as “day-to-day”.