Despite their win against the Cowboys on Sunday, the Ravens lost two big pieces of their defense that will affect Baltimore for the rest of the season.
Considering Baltimore also lost cornerback Lardarius Webb to a season-ending ACL tear on Sunday -- and truthfully, Webb might be an even bigger loss than Lewis-- Sunday was a terrible day for the organization's future.
And quite honestly, it might be the last time we see Lewis on a football field. In his 17th season, he's clearly slowed down, and though he's still somewhat effective at the age of 37, you could see the end of his career looming ahead.
Here's what CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco had to say about Lewis' injury and his career in his Monday Musings column.
"Let me start this out by saying I think Ray Lewis is the best middle linebacker ever. But let me also say this, something nobody else will say: The Ravens might be better off without Lewis. Yes, I said it. Lewis has been horrible for most of this season. He gets engulfed by lineman and doesn't get off blocks. You never like to see a veteran like him go down, especially this late in his career, but a younger, faster player might be what the Ravens need now inside."
The only good news for the Ravens defense right now is that linebacker Terrell Suggs is close to coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list soon, though coach John Harbaugh told reporters he's not sure Suggs will practice this week. Look for Dannell Ellerbe to take over Lewis' starting spot.
Originally posted by Josh Katzowitz on CBSSports.com