4 Baltimore Ravens Who Must Step Up on Defense

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4 Baltimore Ravens Who Must Step Up on Defense
John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Dannell Ellerbe stepped up last week in the absence of Ray Lewis but must continue to produce for the Ravens.

Injuries in any sport demand backups to enter into the spotlight and step up their game while key players take over leadership roles.

Well, the Baltimore Ravens have a couple spots to fill.

Does that sentence win understatement of the year?

Ray Lewis began his 17th season in the NFL by earning his 2,000th career tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals.

But a month and a half later, Lewis' season turned sour. The All-Pro linebacker tore his right triceps against the Dallas Cowboys and may be out for the remainder of the 2012 season.

As if that wasn't bad enough, cornerback Lardarius Webb tore his ACL and will be sidelined for about nine months, in the same game.

It won't be easy to overcome those losses, but Baltimore sits at a solid 5-2 heading into the bye week in a relatively weak AFC.

Here are four Ravens players that must step up in the absence of Lewis and Webb.

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