The Ravens may have sustained devastating blows to their one-time dominating defense in Sunday’s 31-29 win against the Cowboys.
Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis injured his right triceps and it’s feared that it may be torn, multiple reports indicate. Lewis, who was unavailable for comment after the game, will undergo an MRI.
Fourth-year cornerback Lardarius Webb had an early exit in the first quarter following a freak injury while defending Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. Webb immediately grabbed his left knee after tangling with Bryant. The Ravens initially announced that Webb suffered a sprained knee, but head coach John Harbaugh painted a much darker picture in the postgame news conference.
”Lardarius Webb does not look good right now,” Harbaugh said. ”It’s a potential ACL. We’ve got a problem there. We don’t know for sure, but that’s what it looks like right now.”
Ravens safely Bernard Pollard added, ”That’s what happens in this game. You hate to see a guy like that go down because he’s worked his tail off. Our prayers are with him to get a speedy recovery, but the next man has to step up.”
The Ravens cornerback fell to the M&T Bank Stadium turf and was unable to walk off the field under his own power. He was taken into the locker room for further examination and never returned.
If Webb, who suffered a torn right ACL in 2009, were to miss any significant time, it would be a major blow to Baltimore’s secondary. Second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith replaced Webb on Sunday and suffered a lower leg strain.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was also taken to the locker room to have his knee examined, but he returned in the second quarter.
Injuries for Baltimore’s defense began to mount in May, when former defensive player of the year Terrell Suggs tore his achilles tendon.