This day just keeps getting worse and worse for the Ravens.
According to multiple media outlets, coach John Harbaugh just told reporters that linebacker Ray Lewis has a complete tear in his right triceps and will miss the remainder of the season.
Earlier today, news broke that cornerback Lardarius Webb was lost for the year with a torn left ACL.
Now, Baltimore’s defensive leader, a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a seven-time All-Pro and 13-time Pro Bowler, is out, too. Since Lewis is 37, speculation is already rampant that the future Hall of Famer’s career could be halted by the injury.
Harbaugh declined to add fuel to that, choosing not to address his thoughts on whether Lewis will be back in 2013.
“That’s for Ray to speak on,” Harbaugh told reporters. “I admire Ray and I’ve said that many times. ... I’m looking forward to hearing what he says about that.”
Perhaps saying nothing is telling in itself. Or it’s just common sense that Lewis’ decorated career could be coming to an end because of his advanced age.
Although a trimmed-down Lewis hasn’t been the same dominant force that has roamed the middle of the field for the Ravens since 1996, he leads the team with 57 tackles through six games. He ends his 2012 season with one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
In what could potentially be Lewis’ final game, he made 14 tackles in a 31-29 win over the Cowboys on Sunday.
Much has been made of the fact that Baltimore’s defense has slipped this season, ranking 26th in the league in total yards and rushing yards allowed. Now the unit will be looking to improve on that without its leader (Lewis), its best cornerback (Webb) and unsure when perhaps its most talented player (Terrell Suggs) will be back.
Even with those challenges, the Ravens take a 5-1 record into a trip to face the Houston Texans and hope less-experienced options can handle the pressure of replacing some of the team’s best.