After signing with the Baltimore Ravens in June, cornerback Aaron Ross and his new team were dealt major blows on the injury front Thursday.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, the 31-year-old veteran will miss the entire 2014 NFL season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon:
John Harbaugh says CB Aaron Ross tore his Achilles during conditioning. He will be lost for the season. Awful.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2014
Garafolo's report was later confirmed by the Ravens' official Twitter account:
CB Aaron Ross tore his Achilles running the conditioning test, says Harbs.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 24, 2014
There were high hopes in Baltimore for Ross as he rejoined forces with Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo. Ross was a huge part of the New York Giants' defense when they won Super Bowl XLII, with Spagnuolo serving as defensive coordinator.
Unfortunately for Ross and the Ravens, that partnership won't come to fruition in 2014. It is likely that nobody feels worse than Ross, but former Giants teammate Terrell Thomas expressed sympathy for Ross' tough break as well:
I'm sick for my by boy @AaronRoss31 right now. Dude put in that work this offseason! Twitfam Pray for my man please...— Terrell Thomas (@TerrellThomas24) July 24, 2014
Ross' injury stings even more knowing he was brought in to bolster the depth of a Ravens secondary that was riddled with injuries in 2013. Per Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, Ravens corner Lardarius Webb was looking forward to Ross' arrival.
How significant is losing Ross to the Ravens?
"It's good to have depth around there because injuries do happen," Webb said. "It's good to have guys like (Dominique) Franks and Ross who can play ball and are proven. It's good to have those guys, cool guys, glad to have them."
Perhaps Ross wouldn't have been a regular starter for the Ravens, but he would have been a key piece to the puzzle on defense. He is a seven-year veteran who has winning experience as a two-time Super Bowl champion. He also has decent ball skills with 11 career interceptions.
Now that Ross is no longer in the picture for the upcoming campaign, Webb will have to step up as will younger players such as Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson.
This is far from an ideal start for Baltimore, but this setback opens the door for other players to take on bigger roles and excel.
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