Win comes at a bit of a cost

The Ravens have to be thrilled with the outcome in Cleveland this afternoon, as their 20-10 win over the Browns guaranteed Baltimore a playoff spot for the third straight year.

I'm pretty sure most of you won't tire of reading that sentence.

It looks like today's win did come at a bit of a cost, however.

Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters after the game that three Ravens suffered fairly significant injuries this afternoon, and two of those players could be forced to miss the rest of the season.

Harbaugh said that long snapper Morgan Cox looks like he sustained a serious knee injury, which the team thinks very well might knock the rookie out for the year.

"We'll see. We have to get an MRI, but it doesn't look good," Harbaugh said. "He played the whole game. It happened on the first or second play he was out there and he played the whole game with whatever injury he's got. It was just unbelievably courageous."

Assuming Cox is out for the year, the Ravens will need to sign a new long snapper. Two former Ravens - Matt Katula and Nick Sundberg - wouldn't be options, as each of those guys is now snapping elsewhere. Katula joined the Patriots a few weeks back, while Sundberg is a member of the Redskins.

In addition to Cox's injury, Harbaugh said linebacker Tavares Gooden, who has had terrible luck with injuries over his three-year career, suffered a dislocated shoulder.

"The thing was hanging off," Harbaugh said. "He couldn't move it."

Harbaugh said that the Ravens will monitor Gooden's status this week.

Rookie tight end Dennis Pitta also got dinged up in the win over the Browns. The BYU product suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff and did not return. His absence took the Ravens out of any of their planned two-tight end packages, as Todd Heap and Davon Drew were both among the team's gameday inactives.

blog comments powered by Disqus