Ravens suffer a Revis-like loss

Amid Pro-Bowl-caliber season, Lardarius Webb injury leaves hole for Baltimore

Originally Published: October 15, 2012
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
WebbPatrick Smith/Getty ImagesLosing cornerback Lardarius Webb is a huge loss for the Baltimore Ravens' defense.

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 on Sunday, but it was something of a Pyrrhic victory for the AFC North leaders. Though they are now 5-1 and tied with the Houston Texans for the best record in the conference, they lost a pair of defenders to injury. Linebacker Ray Lewis left the game with a triceps injury, and though he's not close to the player he was a decade ago, the Ravens will struggle to replace the intangibles he brings to the field if he's gone for an extended period of time. For tangible on-field skills, though, cornerback Lardarius Webb, who is believed to be out for the year with a torn ACL, will be a much bigger loss.

A third-round draft pick out of Nicholls State in 2009, Webb played sparingly as a rookie, then saw regular action in nickel and dime sets in 2010 before graduating to a starting role in 2011. This year, he graduated again, from the average to the elite.