News has trickled out this morning that coach John Harbaugh's worst fears about Lardarius Webb have been realized.
Webb, the Ravens' top cornerback, tore the ACL in his left knee during the first half of Sunday's win over the Cowboys, according to multiple reports. The injury will cost Webb the rest of his first season since signing a six-year, $50 million extension.
Webb had 25 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in six games this season. He suffered the same injury to his right knee late in 2009, his rookie campaign.
Dr. James Andrews, who performed the 2009 procedure on Webb, will handle this surgery as well, according to The Baltimore Sun.
After Sunday's contest, multiple players discussed Webb's loss.
"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. If we lost him for the year, it's going to kill us. But we have to play for him and pick him up because he's young. I've known guys that have come back from this. (Denver running back) Willis McGahee had multiple injuries like that and (Indianapolis wideout) Reggie Wayne had an ACL. So I've known guys who have come back from this. And the way he plays, I know he can come back from this."
Cornerback Cary Williams, who will now be counted on as more of a leader in the Baltimore secondary, shared similar feelings.
"It's difficult, but we can't allow that to stop us," he said. "We have to continue to get better each and every week. We have to step up to the challenge, and we're going to be challenged. The schedule doesn't get any easier. We just have to overcome adversity and continue to play hard."
The loss of Webb means that Jimmy Smith will become the Ravens' No. 2 corner with Chykie Brown and Corey Graham needed for increased roles.
Unfortunately for the Ravens' defense, Webb wasn't the only player who may have suffered a significant injury Sunday.
The team is awaiting results on Ray Lewis' examination. He might have torn his right triceps, which could be season- or career-ending, considering the middle linebacker is 37.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata also has a sprained knee and sore shoulder, but isn't expected to miss any time.