Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb sidelined with knee injury
Baltimore Ravens starting cornerback Lardarius Webb exited the late in the first quarter with a knee injury, and did not return at a later stage in the game. Although Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh initially labeled Lardarius Webb’s injury as a sprain, he later expressed fears for the worst case scenario.
"Lardarius Webb does not look good right now," stated John Harbaugh. "It's a potential ACL. We've got a problem there. We don't know for sure, but that's what it looks like right now."
After coming into contact on a knee-to-knee hit with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant while trying to protect a Tony Romo pass, Lardarius Webb lay on the field clutching his left knee in agonizing pain. Baltimore Trainers rushed to assist Lardarius Webb off the field. As they hobbled towards the locker room for further examination of the injury, Lardarius Webb avoided putting any weight on the knee.
And now to state the obvious, Dez Bryant intercepted the 18-yard pass.
"That's what happens in this game. You hate to see a guy like that go down because he's worked his tail off,” Baltimore Ravens safett Bernard Pollard stated regarding Lardarius Webb’s injury. “Our prayers are with him to get a speedy recovery, but the next man has to step up."
Meanwhile, second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith took over the spot in Lardarius Webb’s absence opposite Cary Williams, while the Baltimore Ravens also brought in Corey Graham to play nickelback. Later, Jimmy Smith too pulled out of the game due to sprained groin.
However, needless to state that if Lardarius Webb as indeed sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the aftermath this season could be quite tragic for the Baltimore Ravens secondary.
The Baltimore Ravens revealed that an update on Lardarius Webb’s injury will be available after further examination on Monday.
Lardarius Webb, who signed the Baltimore Ravens on a contract extension last spring, is unquestionably regarded as the team’s best cornerback.
The fourth-year cornerback Lardarius Webb has one interception, six passes defended as well as one forced fumble and fumble recovery over six games this season.
Previously, Lardarius Webb tore the ACL in his right knee during his rookie season in 2009. Consequently, Lardarius Webb underwent a surgery by Dr. James Andrews to repair the knee injury.
In further injury reports, Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis sat out the final few passing plays in the fourth quarter with a right triceps injury.
Although John Harbaugh initially expressed that the injury didn’t look “really bad,” Ray Lewis was later taken to the hospital for an MRI of his right arm.
Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata also temporarily left the field with a sprained knee in the second quarter, but returned later to earn six tackles and a sack till the end of the game.
"I tried to fight through it,” Haloti Ngata talked about playing through the constant pain. “I didn't want to not finish. We had a good rotation going on."