Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an arm injury, an enormous blow to an already depleted defense.
Lewis tore his right triceps during Sunday’s 31-29 victory over Dallas. Cornerback Lardarius Webb also is out for the year after ripping the ACL in his left knee in the win against the Cowboys.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday both are done for the year.
The 37-year-old Lewis leads Baltimore in tackles and is the voice of experience in the huddle. He’s been invited to 13 Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL defensive player of the year.
Webb, considered to be Baltimore’s best cornerback, tore his right ACL as a rookie in 2009.
SAINTS: Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo says he believes Jonathan Vilma will be able to return to practice on Wednesday, although it is not yet certain whether linebacker will play at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Vilma, who is appealing a season-long suspension in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation of the Saints, remains on the club’s physically unable to perform list, meaning he could not practice on Monday. However, Vilma is eligible to be activated today, which is a day off for the Saints.
Vilma has not practiced in Spagnuolo’s new defense because he has been rehabilitating from off-season left knee surgery, but has participated in meetings.
CARDINALS: Quarterback Kevin Kolb injured his ribs Sunday and his status for next week’s game is uncertain. Coach Ken Whisenhunt says X-rays were negative for anything broken but an MRI was planned to make sure.
TITANS: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will start his third consecutive game Sunday, and injured Jake Locker (shoulder) could be healthy enough to return in a week.
BROWNS: Rookie running back Trent Richardson sustained a rib cartilage injury in Sunday’s win over Cincinnati.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Richardson “is fine and day to day.”
LIONS: Running back Jahvid Best (concussion) is still not cleared to play after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.
BILLS: Shawne Merriman is back in Buffalo after being re-signed to bolster the team’s banged-up defense.