The 2012 Baltimore Ravens defense, which is giving up points and yards at a rate not seen by this franchise in the past decade, got the worst possible news on Monday. Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb were lost for the 2012 NFL Season with injuries.
Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with a torn triceps muscle. Lewis is a 13-time Pro Bowler and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. It is unclear whether Lewis, 37, will attempt a comeback following this season. Lewis had made inferences that 2012 would be his last season in the NFL, but a season cut short with injury is hardly the way anyone wanted to see him go out. Ravens’ coach, Jim Harbaugh declined to comment on the possibility of a comeback by Lewis. “I’m not going to comment on that. That’s for Ray to speak on,” Harbaugh said.
Lardarius Webb suffered a torn ACL during a collision with Dallas Cowboys receiver, Dez Bryant. Webb needed to be helped to the sidelines after lying on the ground for several minutes following the collision. Webb, considered by many of his teammates and players in the league to be the best corner on the Ravens, also suffered a torn ACL during his rookie season in 2009.
Even with the loss, the Baltimore Ravens, who are 5-1 currently in the NFL Standings, should be in line for a playoff berth. Many fans in Baltimore had higher hopes for this season, that saw Joe Flacco start to come into his own. The loss of two top defensive players is tough to recover from, however.