Ray Lewis is done for the year with a torn triceps

October 15, 2012

What’s next for Ray? (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a torn triceps.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh announced the diagnosis of a “full tear” of the triceps muscle during his Monday press conference.

The 37-year-old veteran was injured during Sunday’s win against Dallas, which also saw the Ravens lose cornerback Ladarius Webb to a torn ACL and defensive lineman Haloti Ngata suffer a right MCL injury. Harbaugh confirmed both injuries Monday. Baltimore is still without linebacker Terrell Suggs, who partially tore his Achilles’ tendon in the preseason and remains on the PUP list.

The Dallas Cowboys gashed Baltimore for a franchise worst 227 rushing yards in Sunday’s win, and now the once-vaunted Ravens defense must address its glaring deficiencies without its leader on the field.

 A 17-year veteran and 13-time Pro Bowl selection, Lewis is in the twilight of a Hall of Fame career. But the Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Cowherd scoffs at the idea that one of the most proud, passionate players in the NFL would go out in this fashion.

There’s no way a proud man like Lewis would call it quits on a glorious, 17-year, Hall of Fame-bound career with a triceps injury. Or probably any injury, for that matter. This is a guy who’d want to play if he took an arrow through the throat.

Even if he’s out for this season and the injury called for surgery, you can bet Lewis would re-hab the triceps like a madman and be ready for next season.

He’s heard all the whispers from the critics. He’s too old at 37. He’s too slow. He’s too light now that he’s lost all that weight. All of that fuels him.

The man is a warrior and delights in proving his critics wrong. No way would he hang it up because of an injury like this. He’s going to go out on his terms, pure and simple.

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