The Baltimore Ravens' nightmare came true on Monday when MRI tests revealed that cornerback Lardarius Webb will be lost for the season to a torn ACL, according to NFL insider Jason La Canfora (via Twitter):
Tests have confirmed what the Ravens feared- it is indeed a season-ending torn ACL for CB Lardarius Webb. Was having an All Pro year— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 15, 2012
Webb suffered the injury during the first quarter of Baltimore's 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday when he banged knees with Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Webb went to the ground, clutching his knee in pain.
UPDATE: Monday, October 15 at 5:13 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
The Baltimore Ravens confirmed the worst-case scenario via Twitter on Monday:
John Harbaugh says Lardarius Webb does indeed have an ACL and is out for the season.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 15, 2012
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This devastating news comes at a terrible time for the Ravens, who have looked anything but themselves defensively in 2012. Baltimore ranks 23rd in the league against the pass and 26th against the run. The 227 rushing yards the Ravens surrendered to the Cowboys in Week 6 was the most in team history, perhaps signaling the end of an era in Charm City.
The loss of Webb will only make Baltimore more vulnerable defensively. Webb was playing superb football before the injury and was on pace for another spectacular season. He is one of the league's most underrated cover corners, as he had 25 tackles, six passes defended, a forced fumble and an interception through the first six games of the year.
The former Nicholls State star recently turned 27 and is coming off a postseason performance in which he cemented himself as elite, defending five passes and recording three interceptions in two playoff games.
Since 2010, Webb has defended 35 passes, recorded eight interceptions and forced two fumbles.
The former third-round draft pick in 2009 has been the anchor on the outside of Baltimore's defense, and his absence will surely be felt as the Ravens enter the stretch run this fall. Baltimore will play at Houston in Week 7 before resting up during a Week 8 bye.
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