Ravens lose Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb for season
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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right triceps, an enormous blow to an already depleted defense that has uncharacteristically struggled this year.
Lewis was injured late in Sunday’s 31-29 victory over the Cowboys. The 37-year-old Lewis leads Baltimore in tackles and is the voice of experience in the huddle.
‘‘Ray in the locker room afterward, we didn’t know [the extent of the injury] but he was worried about it,’’ Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. ‘‘He said some things about his faith. He said some things that I’ll never forget.’’
Over a spectacular 17-year career, Lewis has been invited to 13 Pro Bowls, was named Super Bowl MVP, and is a two-time NFL defensive player of the year. He turns 38 in May, so it’s possible that Sunday’s game was his last.
‘‘That’s for Ray to speak on,’’ Harbaugh said.
Baltimore also lost cornerback Lardarius Webb for the year after he tore the ACL in his left knee Sunday. The injury occurred when Webb collided with Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Neither Lewis nor Webb spoke after Sunday’s game and both were unavailable for comment on Monday.
For Harbaugh, it was more about the players than the impact losing them would have on the team.
‘‘I’m disappointed for those guys,’’ Harbaugh said. ‘‘It doesn’t matter how I or someone else feels about it. It’s their thing. These are guys that put so much effort, heart and soul into what they do.’’
Webb missed the latter part of his rookie season in 2009 with a torn right ACL, and now he’s facing surgery again.
‘‘Lardarius was distraught. I could see it when I walked onto the field, on his face,’’ Harbaugh said. ‘‘He kind of knew because he’s been through it before. I just felt like he knew. He was just beside himself.’’
The loss of Webb took some of the edge off Baltimore’s third straight win.
‘‘I’m hurting for that guy right now,’’ safety Ed Reed said. ‘‘I know how hard he works to be out here and what he brings to the game. We have to play for him and pick him up because he’s young.’’
Webb, who turned 27 last week, probably has many years left to play. Lewis’s status is not as certain.
Lewis missed four games last year with a toe injury. During the week and on game day he cheered for his teammates and offered encouragement. That, evidently, will be his job over the next few months.
The Ravens (5-1) have struggled to make up for the loss of linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is recovering from a torn right Achilles’ tendon. Baltimore yielded 489 yards, a franchise-record 227 on the ground, against Dallas.
Report: Fujita has neck injury
ESPN reported Monday night that Browns linebacker Scott Fujita’s playing days might be over because of a neck injury. Fujita, one of the central figures in the Saints bounty scandal, has spent much of this season trying to clear his name. It is unknown when he was hurt. Fujita’s agent, Don Yee, would not confirm the report . . . Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson sustained a rib cartilage injury in Sunday’s win over Cincinnati. Richardson was injured in the first half when he was hit with a helmet in the right side. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Richardson ‘‘is fine and day to day.’’ Richardson finished with 37 yards on 14 carries and had two catches for 17 yards as Cleveland snapped an 11-game losing streak — and 12-game skid against AFC North opponents — by beating the Bengals, 34-24 . . . Embattled Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb took one hit too many, and it’s uncertain whether he will be able to return to lead Arizona against the Vikings at Minnesota next Sunday. Kolb injured his ribs while being sacked for the fifth time in Sunday’s wild 19-16 overtime loss to Buffalo. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said X-rays were negative for anything broken but an MRI was planned to make sure. John Skelton, active for the first time since spraining his left ankle in the season opener, relieved Kolb and threw a key pass to Larry Fitzgerald to set up the ill-fated 38-yard field goal try that would have won the game for Arizona as regulation ended . . . Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck will start his third straight game when the Titans visit Buffalo Sunday, and injured Jake Locker (left, non-throwing shoulder) could be healthy enough to return in a week. Coach Mike Munchak said there is no QB controversy and that Locker will play when healthy.
Light’s on in Buffalo
Shawne Merriman is back in Buffalo after the Bills re-signed the free agent pass-rushing star to bolster their banged-up defense. Merriman returns to the Bills two months after the team cut the three-time Pro Bowl selection in part because it wanted to develop several younger players . . . Lions running back Jahvid Best (concussion) is still not cleared to play after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list. Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew said Best will continue to work with the team’s medical and training staffs. Best hasn’t played since last October . . . Texans defensive end Tim Jamison tore his right Achilles’ during the loss to the Packers Sunday night and will miss the rest of the season. Also out for the remainder of the year is Green Bay linebacker D.J. Smith, who injured his right knee against the Texans . . . The Jaguars signed veteran safety Chris Harris and waived cornerback Kevin Rutland . . . The Bears signed tight end Brody Eldridge to a one-year contract and waived running back Kahlil Bell.