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Lewis and Webb Both Gone for the Remainder of the Season

For Ravens fans, the news on LB Ray Lewis and CB Lardarius Webb couldn’t be worse, and it could shift the power in the AFC.

Lewis and Webb are both done for the rest of 2012, as they both suffered season-ending injuries in Sunday’s win over the Cowboys, MRIs confirmed Monday, according to the team.

Lewis tore his right triceps and Webb tore his left ACL.

It could be the end for the 37-year-old Lewis, who clearly has thought the past few seasons about life after football. Not only that, he’s the emotional and spiritual leader of the Ravens defense, a D that has not played nearly as well in 2012 as in years past.

A 13-time Pro Bowler and a former Super Bowl MVP, Lewis is leading the Ravens with 57 tackles through six games. He’s been the face of the franchise since it relocated from Cleveland in 1996, the year he was drafted out of Miami.

Lewis and the defense led to Ravens to a Super Bowl championship in the 2000 season.

The loss of Webb is equally as large, as he had developed into the team’s top cornerback after tearing his right ACL in 2009. The Ravens have allowed 260 passing yards per game (23rd most in NFL) during a 5-1 start.

Baltimore leads the AFC North over Cincy by two games, and with the Steelers off to a 2-3 start, they have some time to spare to get new players into their defensive system, though it will be hard to even come close to replacing Lewis and Webb.


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