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Ray Lewis out for season with torn triceps

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The news on Ray Lewis’s arm injury is every bit as bad as feared.

The Ravens have confirmed what Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported: An MRI on Lewis showed a complete tear of the triceps, meaning Lewis is done for the year.

For the Ravens, that’s a major blow: Although Lewis may not be playing at quite the same level as he was when he was the best defensive player in football a decade ago, he’s still a good linebacker and the team’s unquestioned leader. That’s a hard player to replace.

For Lewis, the question now is whether he’ll ever play football again. There was some talk that this could be Lewis’s final season even before he suffered this injury, and a torn triceps is a tough injury to recover from. This is surely not the way Lewis wants his career to end, but it is possible that one of the greatest players in NFL history played his final game on Sunday against the Cowboys.

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  1. donnymacjack says: Oct 15, 2012 4:07 PM

    There is no way that Ray Lewis let’s this be his last game in the NFL. He’s been too good. Too dedicated. And too proud. He will leave the game on his own terms. No doubt in my mind.

  2. stealersfannot says: Oct 15, 2012 4:07 PM

    Please don’t retire Ray.

  3. blacknole08 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    Wow… Webb and now Ray Ray… that is killer.

  4. jtchernak says: Oct 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    AFC is wide open I hope my patriots can step it up because this is a great opportunity for any team in the playoffs

  5. mancinibread says: Oct 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    Poor Ray Ray, gonna have to learn how to stab with the other hand now.

  6. bcfalcon says: Oct 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    Heal up Ray, you are one of my personal heroes and the soul of your team!

  7. omeezyx says: Oct 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    Hopefully this is not the last we’ve seen of him. This guy is a legend and it would suck if this how he ends his Hall of Fame career

  8. goraidersgospurs says: Oct 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    Hope he comes back, no one plays with more heart, just wish raiders LB (rolando) plays like that, also I dont know why I wanna see ray & his son in the NFL at the same damn time!!!

  9. packerjer says: Oct 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    This injury is clearly the result of him being on the 2005 Madden cover.

  10. jwreck says: Oct 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    MDS better watch his back after the last paragraph, din’t he see what Flacco said about Ray-Ray yesterday?

  11. matto8929 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    HERE WE GO STILLERS! HERE WE GO!

  12. kingofthenorth92 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    Internet appropriate words cannot describe my current emotions…devastating. If this is the end of the career to my 2nd favorite player of the past 20 yrs (Favre), I wish Ray only the best in his recovery and future.

  13. searchingwithmygoodeyeclosed says: Oct 15, 2012 4:10 PM

    Hope to see him playing in 2013! One of the all-time greats.

  14. richardf954 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:10 PM

    Wow , serious blow to the Ravens , luckily Suggs is expected back soon.

  15. Steeley McBeam says: Oct 15, 2012 4:10 PM

    Sucks…

  16. unbreakable02215 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:10 PM

    Sorry Ravens fans, Ray is one of the icons of the league. I was hoping a couple years back he’d be wearing a Patriots helmet before he redid his deal. He’s good for the league. Sucks he went
    down.

    BTW, the commercial he does with Brady is
    VERY funny.

  17. geniusfan says: Oct 15, 2012 4:11 PM

    I know Lewis is a first ballot HOF and a all time great but he has lost more than just a step.

    Losing Webb is going to cripple the Ravens defense they aren’t very good anymore that’s a fact. But losing Lewis could actually help, have you seen that run defense? He can’t shed blocks is always on his backside and is a liability.

    Flacco better be as good as he thinks he is or the Ravens are in some trouble.

  18. thesportsguy52 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:11 PM

    My heart is broken.

  19. gochargersgo says: Oct 15, 2012 4:11 PM

    Sad. We football fans of the last decade have truly been spoiled by the likes of Lewis, Brady, Manning, Reed, Tomlinson, Moss, etc. Alot of all time greats for a single decade.

  20. daysend564 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:11 PM

    In a losing effort, Cowboys put an end to Ray Lewis’ career.

  21. randyschwimmer7 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:12 PM

    Not a Ravens fan, but this is a big blow to the the football world in general. If this was his last game, make sure to record the NFL Replay or shortcuts. You won’t get anymore of them with one of the best Backers we have witnessed in our lifetime.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 15, 2012 4:12 PM

    I still think he could be effective at his game – pregame hype, piling on, and post-game complaints. Don’t need 2 good arms for that.

  23. ravenator says: Oct 15, 2012 4:12 PM

    cue the steeler haters who fail to recognize that 5-1 is a whole lot better than 2-3. It’s not like the defense was lighting it up anyway. Next man up, Ravens will preserver, bank on it.

  24. flash1283 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:12 PM

    That sucks , coming from a diehard patriot fan. hope he comes back and plays one more year!

  25. finfanrb23 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:12 PM

    Not a Ravens fan but you’ve got to admire how he has been able to play at such a high level for so many years… Hopefully he will make a full recovery and he will be back for another run next season!

  26. rbalawal55 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:13 PM

    A true Legend, Warrior, and a Line backer. I wish him well if he does retire he will be top 5 in our era and any era

  27. gorwr12 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:14 PM

    He will still be the biggest cheerleader/coach from the sidelines. I think that he is replaceable at this point in his career. Webb is a bigger loss for the team this week.

  28. jmota222 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:15 PM

    Sorry to hear that !!!! About as great a defensive player as there is and I hope we will see ray for at least one more year!!!

  29. corvusmaximus says: Oct 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    Hurry back Mr. Lewis…if that is your desire.

  30. rmzthefirst says: Oct 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    Was a great voyage…!

  31. cooklynn17 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    Game Over Ravens…

  32. buffalobills2012 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:17 PM

    As a Bills fan and fan of football I salute RL as thee best MLB to play the game. Ever. His preparation is unmatched (maybe only by #20 behind him) and his intensity is something Ill always remember. I also will always remember the last play I seen him make too which was STICKING #34 for Dallas yesterday. I honestly had the thought that he was going to play forever after that play…ironic.

  33. mazblast says: Oct 15, 2012 4:18 PM

    He used to talk big and play bigger. He clearly hasn’t played at that level the last few years. However, the man can still play. I hope he makes a full recovery and comes back for one more year.

    I say this as a Steelers fan. Steelers-Ravens wouldn’t be the same without Lewis running his big mouth, good or bad.

  34. realfann says: Oct 15, 2012 4:18 PM

    Actually good news for the Ravens defense.

    It will improve.

  35. raw101 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:18 PM

    Well there goes the ravens, and the losing starts sunday against the texans.

  36. yeeeeeep says: Oct 15, 2012 4:19 PM

    Still a top 10 line backer in the league? probably

  37. patswhatsup says: Oct 15, 2012 4:19 PM

    Who cares, tape his arm up and tape it to his chest. Ray Lewis with 1 arm is better than half the backers out there lol!

  38. albefree69 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:19 PM

    I think their defense will improve without him.

  39. steelers36bus says: Oct 15, 2012 4:20 PM

    IMO he is the best MLB in NFL history, sad to hear this is how he ends his season. He’ll bounce back.

  40. mitchitized says: Oct 15, 2012 4:22 PM

    Holy moly, is it just me, or are my Steelers and the Ravens headed in the same direction? Old guard dropping like flies, new guys not exactly ready…

    Looks like the AFC North will be decided by who can get their young pups up to speed on D!

  41. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:23 PM

    As a Steelers fan I have mixed emotions about this. By definition anything that makes the top seed Ravens weaker would by definition make them easier to catch. With that said I can’t help but feel dismayed by not seeing this guy on the field… while I do believe he’s lost a step or three (ducks from the proverbially assualt of things being thrown by Ravens fans), he’s still a great leader, and a player I respect – regardless for his transgressions off the field early on.

    Rehab hard, get better – make one more run and then ride off on your own terms.

  42. jarvis1104 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    I’m a die hard Steelers fan but the Lewis injury is sad to see. Best linebacker of his generation and arguably best ever. At his age I can’t see him coming back again.

  43. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    As a Texans fan I am happy that he won’t be on the field next week or any other week this year. As an NFL fan, I hope dearly that we haven’t seen the last of Ray Lewis. You really have to admire him for not only putting his very controversial past behind him, but becoming an inspirational character and an all out STAR in the NFL.

  44. husky2score says: Oct 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    Hopefully Ray will still be giving his pregame speeches that can make anybody get up and wreck somebody. Also, this is absolutely not the end of Ray Lewis. He hasn’t thought about calling it quits ever and there is no way he does it now.

  45. opneon says: Oct 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    Ray will still be around the team to inspire them the rest of this year. Then next year linebackers coach, in a year or two D-Coordinator, and next in line to take Harbaugh’s place.
    He is still the most energetic, insprational guy in the NFL and could be used to continue the Ravens legacy into the future. He makes everyone around him better – whether he’s on the field or not! His replacements will do just fine – as they have in the past.
    Ray will still be THE Raven for a long time.

  46. purplengold says: Oct 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    If he can’t make it back to the field but still misses football, he can coach because he’s a leader who knows football.

  47. mungman69 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:25 PM

    Age catches up on us all. Can’t see him coming back from this. But it is Ray Lewis so you never know.

  48. ottomanismydog says: Oct 15, 2012 4:26 PM

    Was looking forward to playing him. If this is it, then it was too much fun. In competition I always loved being the best by beating the best. Thank you Ray for being one of the best ever. We’ll miss you.

    Steelers Nation.

  49. whatnojets says: Oct 15, 2012 4:27 PM

    Personal feelings aside…..

  50. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 15, 2012 4:28 PM

    ravenator says:

    cue the steeler haters who fail to recognize that 5-1 is a whole lot better than 2-3.
    ———————————————————
    I’m pretty sure everyone recognizes that 5-1 is better than 2-3. They probably also recognize that Pit/Bal has only played one common opponent so far (Eagles) and there is a ton of football left. And of course, you have Joe…

  51. mataug says: Oct 15, 2012 4:28 PM

    If you have seen Ray Lewis – A football life, you know that there is no way that Ray Lewis is going to let this be his last game of football.

  52. davishill20 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:29 PM

    Well, Well ,Well don’t get me wrong Raven fans I honestly think Ray Lewis is one of the greatest to ever suit up at MLB but with him or not your Defense looks beat up to go to Houston ..Just think last year Houston almost beat yall with T.J. Yates let’s see how great the Ravens will be without Ray,LWebb,Tsuggs.. the Nfl is a hard game to play healthy for a full season ..GO TEXANS !!!

  53. brad1223 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:30 PM

    Bad things eventually happen to bad people. He has been screaming like an idiot and doing that stupid dance for too long now. He was a great player, but he’s been done for a few years. All he does is open his mouth. Oh by the way, whether he did the stabbing or not, he was there and involved in the death of two people. I would still be in prison if it were me. Good riddance. I will not miss that screaming of “get off the field”.

  54. easternshoresfinest says: Oct 15, 2012 4:30 PM

    Sad, sad news for Ravens fans. That’s probably it for Ray. As sad as it would be to see him call it quits, it is a blessing in disguise. He can’t get off blocks, usually winds up on his arse, and is just playing noticably slow. Ravens went 4-0 with him sidelined last year, and I don’t think it will be any different this year….oh yeah…Lardarius Webb. Ouch.

  55. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:30 PM

    TERRIBLE.

    But Steeler fans who think this benefits them need to realize their defense is JUST AS BAD.

  56. nfloracle says: Oct 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    Here’s my prediction: Ray Lewis, a proud man but also a realist, knows his play this season hasn’t been up to the standard he sets for him. I think he’d already decided to retire at the end of this season — this decision made before the injury.

    With this major injury as well as his stated desire to spend more time with his son and family, I believe Ray will retire as a player in the near future and do so with a smile on his face. One thing Lewis has always been able to do — accept what is as part of a grand plan. He’ll see this injury as part of that plan for him.

    I can see him during the rest of this year helping out the Ravens as a motivator on the bench.

    I see him as a major broadcast figure next year.

  57. Davo says: Oct 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    Wow. I have to say, and this is coming from a Patriots fan, this is a huge loss for the game of Football. I love seeing the best players going out there and competing week after week. I really just hope we get another season of seeing Lewis, he’s one of a kind.

  58. titansbro says: Oct 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    kingofthenorth92 says:
    Oct 15, 2012 4:09 PM
    Internet appropriate words cannot describe my current emotions…devastating. If this is the end of the career to my 2nd favorite player of the past 20 yrs (Favre), I wish Ray only the best in his recovery and future.

    23 24 i Rate This

    ————————————————

    Haha, those are your 2 favorite players?

  59. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 15, 2012 4:32 PM

    How did it happen?
    ..anybody know?

    One minute he was in the game, the next he was standing on the sidelines.

  60. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 15, 2012 4:32 PM

    Truly great football player — this news blows to any real NFL fan, and this coming from a Steeler fan.

  61. bigzant82 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:33 PM

    as a browns fan he is and was my favorite defensive player of all time and it pains me to read this
    please ray dont retire heal up and rehab that arm n come back in 2013 if not ya son at miami will benefit from you being around him more

  62. granadafan says: Oct 15, 2012 4:34 PM

    I can’t stand the Ravens, but as a football fan I recognize that Ray Lewis is one of the greatest football players of his generation. I hope he comes back for one more season to go out on his terms.

  63. i10east says: Oct 15, 2012 4:35 PM

    That pre-game celebration that Ray does is very physically demanding; Too bad that it resulted in an injury this time, costing him the rest of the season.

  64. slugdub says: Oct 15, 2012 4:35 PM

    gochargersgo says:
    Oct 15, 2012 4:11 PM
    Sad. We football fans of the last decade have truly been spoiled by the likes of Lewis, Brady, Manning, Reed, Tomlinson, Moss, etc. Alot of all time greats for a single decade.

    +++++++++

    LOL @ you slipping in “Tomlinson”.

    Like she’s even in the same category.

    Tough break Ray, you’re a beast on the field!

  65. exibitsman says: Oct 15, 2012 4:35 PM

    this dude just needs to retire all ready he gets
    hurt every year . he’s not even great anyways . I would say a oil over rated.

  66. eastcoastninerfan says: Oct 15, 2012 4:36 PM

    It’s a shame that haters will hate….

    But Ray Lewis is probably the greatest MLB of all time. Hate to see him go out like this…but if he wants to go another round…Ray will!

  67. nattypoes says: Oct 15, 2012 4:36 PM

    I never liked Ray’s persona. I thought he always was a bit too choreographed and fake with his show stealing rants and antics… But at his peek he was the most dominating defensive football player I’ve ever seen.

    My favorite memory of Ray was when he ripped Eddie George’s career from his hands in the Tennessee playoff game back in 2000 and took it to the house for 6 to seal the deal.

    If this is it, thanks for the memories, Ray.

  68. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 15, 2012 4:38 PM

    This is what’s known as a Pyrrhic victory. Sucks for Ray. Blows for Lardarius. Just crappy all around – and I feel for the players noted above.

    My Steelers had a Pyrrhic defeat. We lost to Tennessee and got blow-torched with injuries.

    This season could have been so much cooler with the Ravens have Sizzle, Webb and Ray strong – and my Steelers having Troy, DeCastro, Harrison, Mendy and Woodley all go. Instead, we have this – and we’re not even done with Week 6.

  69. NakedCowboy! says: Oct 15, 2012 4:39 PM

    webb, suggs and ngata are more imprtant to ravens than lewis now in terms of playmaking… lewis is still huge as a leader…

    xmas came early this year for texans and pats…

  70. brendonofq says: Oct 15, 2012 4:41 PM

    You may say “why should it be 5 & 15 every time?” Because u need build up, u need quality of play. Does north Carolina play Duke in game 1 then at the very end like last year. Or two games apart? No. Cuz somehow college AD’s are smarter than goodell and his lackeys. No offense to NCAA lovers, but I think even y’all would admit that the NFL should be held to a higher standard

  71. navyeoddavee9 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:46 PM

    great player, steeler fan

  72. mrgroovesd says: Oct 15, 2012 4:48 PM

    I was never a Ravens fan but I was alway a Ray Lewis fan because he was passionate about playing the game. He will leave on his terms! Heal up quick Ray!

  73. yyyass says: Oct 15, 2012 4:50 PM

    That’s a brutal injury for a footballer to come back from. Surgery and long rehab, plus everything else physically has to wait as far as strength training in the upper body. He might “come back” but he’ll never “be back” at his age. He was already struggling mightily this year and last year, and that was without having to recover from a major injury like this at 37 years of age. Next man up.

  74. brendonofq says: Oct 15, 2012 4:56 PM

    And by the way Steeler fans…show some class. I am a Steeler fan of the hardest core. But one thing I always say about Steeler nation is that we are classier than the bulk. Ray Lewis has helped make this rivalry the best. So even though I wanted to square up on some taunting ravenators as they taunted decastro and other injuries. Don’t stoop. Its bad he’s hurt. Its bad Troy is hurt. I want the Steelers to pass up the ravens as bad as you do…and old or not, they WILL miss him. But rubbing in his injury on a board isn’t how Steeler fans usually operate. I’ll flat out say that a small part of me roots for bad things to happen to the ravens. But the bigger part of me knows that if the Steelers are going to be anything in any season, the hard-iron-by-fire is best molded by 2 regular season tests against the ravens AT THEIR BEST

  75. tecumseh1313 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:58 PM

    “Well….bye.”

    /Curly Bill

  76. johnnythek1 says: Oct 15, 2012 5:00 PM

    Man oh man, this is a dark day if you are a Ravens fan. But then again, thinking back to the Packer’s Super Bowl year, it seemed like every week a started on that team was going down. Next man up…

    … but Flacco, Rice, Boldin and company better be ready to kick it up a couple of gears because they’re probably going to need to score at least 30 to have a chance.

  77. ppdoc13 says: Oct 15, 2012 5:00 PM

    Nice to see mostly positive comments. Ray was the best MLB to play the game. He also became the father figure for dozens upon dozens of players. First ballot hof no question

    For the miscreants who had to bring up Atlanta one more time, I say this. When it comes time for you to face ultimate judgement , be judged as you have judged others.

  78. steelcurtainn says: Oct 15, 2012 5:04 PM

    The Ravens record record will now start to reflect what the steelers have been going through for years. Expect to start losing games. Better just hope the steelers don’t start getting healthy or they will be right back in thick of things.

  79. holeinone09 says: Oct 15, 2012 5:06 PM

    Huge Steeler fan here, but never one to think all this is life and death like some apparently, and never wish someone from our biggest rival would get hurt. Ray Lewis clearly has been one of the game’s best at his position, and from what I know has been a generally positive influence in the community. If he was on the Steelers he would be beloved in Pittsburgh. I hope he can come back but realize age works against you. Ask guys like Aaron Smith, who just couldn’t do it anymore and unfortunately had to retire.

    Of course like any die hard fan, I hope the Steelers beat the Ravens twice this year, but always look forward to and greatly enjoy their games, and wish they played each other at full strength. Steelers have had injuries to key people all season including Troy, Harrison, Mendenhall, Woodley, etc. Looks like the Ravens now have some big injuries on defense all at once, but I am sure they also won’t use any excuses and play the game.

    Looking forward to our 2 games this year, good luck.

  80. dprouse says: Oct 15, 2012 5:08 PM

    I doubt that this is Ray’s last game. He will train like a freak for 2013. He also has three years left on his contract, and a $7 million pay day coming in 2013. He’s not walking away from that, and the Ravens won’t ever cut him. He may be a part time, situational player for his last year or two, but he will be back.

  81. kingofthenorth92 says: Oct 15, 2012 5:11 PM

    nfloracle says:
    Oct 15, 2012 4:31 PM
    Here’s my prediction: Ray Lewis, a proud man but also a realist, knows his play this season hasn’t been up to the standard he sets for him. I think he’d already decided to retire at the end of this season — this decision made before the injury.

    With this major injury as well as his stated desire to spend more time with his son and family, I believe Ray will retire as a player in the near future and do so with a smile on his face. One thing Lewis has always been able to do — accept what is as part of a grand plan. He’ll see this injury as part of that plan for him.

    I can see him during the rest of this year helping out the Ravens as a motivator on the bench.

    I see him as a major broadcast figure next year.

    ————————————————–
    Ray, is that you?

  82. patsfiend says: Oct 15, 2012 5:28 PM

    That’s too bad. If this is it for him, then he’s a HOFer and one of the great LB’s, with a SB victory on his resume.

    Hopefully they’ll clear him to do his dance routine, at least, to pump up the crowd.

  83. bensstinkyfingers says: Oct 15, 2012 5:28 PM

    Shame, real shame, I always enjoy watching Ray play. Guess this leaves the door open for the browns to go 11-5 and win the division.

  84. cincyorangenblack says: Oct 15, 2012 5:33 PM

    One of the best linebackers to play the game, no doubt.

    That being said…if he was in jail where he belongs, it wouldn’t have been his triceps that was “completely torn”.

  85. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 15, 2012 5:41 PM

    His career is definitely over. We just debated last week whether he could play next year, and he couldn’t come close to making it through this year. His odds are falling off a cliff at this point.

    I also further expect to stay alive the rest of this season and through the entirety of next season despite Flacco’s premonition that Lewis will kill me as a result for stating this opinion.

    I’ll be back next year to brag about being right a couple more times. I’ll remember Ray Lewis’ legacy as the guy that his team leader talked up with a lot of hype that couldn’t back up the talk for longer than just a few days when the boldest claims of his career were presented by Baltimore personnel.

  86. droop says: Oct 15, 2012 5:50 PM

    The Ravens will create “RL” stickers for their helmets and “RL” emblems to stitch on their jerseys. Absence of Ray Lewis physically doesn’t compare to the presence of Ray Lewis mentally/spiritually — which is enough of a motivating catalyst for a Ravens Super Bowl run.

    If they pace themselves and think realistically…they only have HOU, bye, CLE, OAK, PIT, SD, PIT, WAS, DEN, NYG, and CIN to finish 15-1.
    That remaining schedule looks like a breeze. Ed Reed will manage.

    Only refutation is the Madden Curse.

  87. dutchhmaster says: Oct 15, 2012 5:55 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  88. justintuckrule says: Oct 15, 2012 5:57 PM

    As much as I hated Ray Lewis in his earlier “showboating, mouthy, legal trouble” years, as a fan who prefers defense/hitting 10x more than anything the NFL can possibly offer, I will really miss watching that dude play linebacker. Although the term “throwback” is thrown around too loosely these days, RL is truly a throwback in every sense of the word.

    It would not surprise me in the least if he played next week with a cast running from his wrist to his shoulder. It also wouldn’t surprise me if he had a German doctor remove his tricep completely and put it in a refrigerator until after the season was over. One word – Warrior.

  89. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 15, 2012 5:59 PM

    mancinibread says:Poor Ray Ray, gonna have to learn how to stab with the other hand now

    u need a new hobby or something, he was found not guilty, now find yourself a new life now

  90. doublebase says: Oct 15, 2012 6:05 PM

    You will miss the rest of the season Ray. But doc, if a stare at it really hard, it will heal itself. No, you’re out for the year. No, I’ll stare at it…

  91. Deb says: Oct 15, 2012 6:09 PM

    So here I am … Steelers fan … with tears in my eyes over Ray Lewis. Man, I love this game. But it can break your heart. You get just a few years to enjoy those EPIC moments when your team is on fire … or your guys are part of some red-hot, leave-it-all-on-the-field rivalry. Then Hines Ward, James Farrior, and Aaron Smith retire. Ray Lewis suffers what may be a career-ending injury. And it will never be quite the same.

    Sure hope you can come back, Ray. Take care.

  92. firegoodell says: Oct 15, 2012 6:14 PM

    ravenator says:
    Oct 15, 2012 4:12 PM
    cue the steeler haters who fail to recognize that 5-1 is a whole lot better than 2-3. It’s not like the defense was lighting it up anyway. Next man up, Ravens will preserver, bank on it.

    __________________________________

    Just what the heck does “preserver” mean? You mean cling to a life preserver while the season goes down in flames? They are 5-1 – true but could easily be 3-3. If the offense doesn’t put up 30 a game or close to it they will go nowhere – even if they manage to make the playoffs.

  93. jjbadd385 says: Oct 15, 2012 6:15 PM

    Let me say this, I am a Broncos fan to my core. My honest opinion about Ray Lewis, is he is truly in the top 3 LB of all time. I must admit, his off the field drama, which I cant help but think about when his name comes up, has somewhat clouded my judgement over the years, but if I block that out of my mind and seperate that from his NFL career, he is an example of what every football player should aspire to play like. I hope he plays 1 more year though. And for all of those that keep bringing up his past, you need to look in the mirror, everyone makes mistakes.

  94. tomtravis76 says: Oct 15, 2012 6:26 PM

    Baltimore football has produced the two greatest players in football history at the most important positions on either side of the ball.

    Johnny Unitas and Ray Lewis.

  95. rarelyclever says: Oct 15, 2012 6:32 PM

    The same guy Lewis stuffed earlier in the game, UDFA Phillip Tanner, ran him over in the 4th quarter and likely ended his career.

  96. The Prophet says: Oct 15, 2012 6:33 PM

    If Ray Lewis was a Packer, they’d either cut him or at least not let him be in the team picture, and if they won the SB this year, they DEFINITELY wouldn’t give him a ring.

  97. chitownbullet says: Oct 15, 2012 6:52 PM

    Don’t think Ray-Ray’s goin to hang em up just yet, he’ll be back like the terminator he is and leave on his terms. That is his credo and that’s the way it should be.

  98. bubblehead22 says: Oct 15, 2012 6:53 PM

    To all the Ravens Fans except ravenator (moron) sorry, Lewis was great.

  99. ravensman says: Oct 15, 2012 6:55 PM

    While Ray’s physical skills have obviously diminished, his leadership on the field cannot be questioned in my opinion. But maybe this is a blessing in disguise; after 17 seasons, his appearances on the field were coming to an end in the not too distant future. The Joe Flacco comment aside, it would be a difficult decision for John Harbaugh to have to tell Ray that he was no longer effective and sit a future HOF’er.
    I’d like to thank all of the fans of other teams that have posted positive comments about the possible end of an era for the Ravens.

  100. dansnyderswallet says: Oct 15, 2012 7:03 PM

    definitely not a ravens fan, but anyone who is happy about a player from any team going down is just sad. “lets rejoice because our team sucks and we need your best players to go down to have a chance.” thats weak. props to the classy stillers fans. congrats on the loss to the boys fans hanging their hats on ray’s loss.

  101. trickbunny says: Oct 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    Don’t worry Ravens fans. Ray being gone won’t make much difference. I mean, he’s pretty much been a statue for the last couple years anyway…

  102. steelerdynasty2010 says: Oct 15, 2012 7:26 PM

    rivalry aside, i’m sad to see a HOF career end like this. good luck in your future endeavors ray.

  103. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 15, 2012 7:50 PM

    So sad to read this..This is like a death in the AFCN..Get well soon..Sorry!

  104. libertynchurch says: Oct 15, 2012 8:00 PM

    “When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which opens for us”

    Thank you, Ray Lewis. Know that God aint finished with you, Brother. Your next career will be glorious!

  105. therev22 says: Oct 15, 2012 8:04 PM

    The ravens have always embodied the term “next man up.” Ray’s presence as a leader will not waiver even from the sideline. There is a lot to be said for the intangibles that a player brings to the table. Rehab and come back next season Ray.

    To Steelers fan – respect. You’re battling some tough losses/injuries yourself and know that the game these two teams play are defined by defense. We will see you in November!

  106. dacharger1 says: Oct 15, 2012 8:16 PM

    Sorry to hear about Ray being lost for the season..Much respect and love to him and his passion and respect for the game…but,…All I know is that it will help us in the AFC hunt…Go CHARGERS!! BOLTUP BABY!!

  107. koenig61 says: Oct 15, 2012 8:31 PM

    Im watching pre game show on ESPN and the Love fest over Ray Lewis is a bit much. Ray Lewis is one of the top 10 linebackers of all time NO DOUBT, let’s get that straight first. As any football fan I respect his ability, but for ESPN to completely ignore every other great linebacker, is a joke.
    Sam Huff
    Ray Nitschke
    Mike Singletary
    Jack Lambert
    Jack Ham
    Junior Seau
    Derrick Thomas
    Dick Butkus
    Lawrence Taylor.

    I realize some of these names the young kids won’t recognize but if ESPN is going to drool all over Ray, then the least they could do is put up the stats of those other great linebackers, and some film, and not act like Ray invented the position. Is Ray a great linebacker? Definitely. Is he the greatest Ever? Hardly.

  108. bucforever says: Oct 15, 2012 8:40 PM

    Superman in a Ravens uniform! Ray Lewis is a lock for the NFL HOF. The greatest leader on that team. As a football fan,I hate to see anyone’s career ended by an injury. I hope he heals ,rehabs and comes back for at least one more season.

  109. cmdrsmooth says: Oct 15, 2012 8:54 PM

    Somewhere Belichick is smiling. Weaker has a smirk on his face. And Tom Brady is staring at himself in the mirror.

  110. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Oct 15, 2012 8:56 PM

    As a fan of good defense and in particular linebackers, much like my beloved Monsters, it is a shame to see one of the all-time greats go down so late in his career to the point coming back may not happen. Running backs and receivers all over the Ravens schedule just quietly breathed a sign of relief…and then immediately looked over their shoulders in fear.

  111. clayton43 says: Oct 15, 2012 9:32 PM

    Maybe he can take the year off and find his white dress shirt that he could not find after that man was murdered . I know this will get deleted but it is disgusting that fans and media allow that episode to be untouched.

  112. j0esixpack says: Oct 15, 2012 10:08 PM

    Worse yet – apparently its his “trigger” arm that’s injured.

  113. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 15, 2012 10:13 PM

    As a Raider fan, I’ve always admired Ray as a player. I don’t think anyone I’ve watched has put more heart in the game. I hope he can rehab and play again next year.
    Oh…. Did I mention that McClain might be available for a third or high fourth?

  114. earlcampbellrules says: Oct 15, 2012 10:22 PM

    Does anybody know if it’s his stabbing arm that he tore? That would be a shame if he had to wait a year til he could stab at full strength.

  115. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Oct 15, 2012 10:25 PM

    This is the end, my only friend the end.
    See ya later Ray Ray!

  116. klownboy says: Oct 15, 2012 10:29 PM

    Say good-bye to the Ravens’ Super Bowl chances. I would say playoff chances, but the AFC North looks to be a bit down this season…

  117. cmack15 says: Oct 15, 2012 10:37 PM

    ppdoc13 says:

    “For the miscreants who had to bring up Atlanta one more time, I say this. When it comes time for you to face ultimate judgement , be judged as you have judged others.”

    No worries here you tool. 99.9% of us have never killed anybody (Ampats excluded).

    You people put this man on a flipping pedestal like he was the next coming of christ. He jumps on the pile and has received credit for half his tackles. He is a phony . False bravado. He’s a killer and pussed out when Joey Porter called him out on the Raven’s Bus in the Burgh. Scumbag forever. Hyperbole at it’s finest.

    Glad it’s over for him. Scumbag

  118. audient says: Oct 15, 2012 10:58 PM

    Ray Lewis was drafted in the first Ravens draft after the team left Cleveland. I’ve long felt Ray Lewis should have been a Brown. I hated seeing him in purple, but I loved watching him play.

    As another poster wrote: rehab hard, come back, retire on your own terms.

  119. blackdonnelly says: Oct 15, 2012 11:31 PM

    I’m pretty sure this is it for Ray. He’s had an outstanding run, and I do know he was in it for one more championship ring before giving it up.
    He was a true beast on the field – the off-field BS aside (folks really, really need to let that go – it’s old and besides he’s no Rae Carruth) and I’m pretty sure he’ll make it into the HOF first ballot, no doubt about it. In addition I’m quite sure he’ll line up a nice fat broadcasting gig (preferably NOT on TMZN network)

    Quoth the Raven: Nevermore.

  120. footballhistorian says: Oct 15, 2012 11:45 PM

    Now he’ll have some time to go find his blood stained white jacket…oh wait – he copped a plea to a lesser charge…he’s lucky he got this far – maybe he can do some charity work for India Lollar.

  121. txnative61 says: Oct 16, 2012 1:28 AM

    In Atlanta Ray Lewis put himself in a volatile situation and made a mistake. My guess is nobody there was entirely innocent. The true test of character is how he has acted since. He met his legal obligations, avoided further illegal activity, and focused anew on building Hall of Fame credentials. In my mind, this has been a more difficult test of character than some who seldom make mistakes. Of course he should be judged, but on redemption as well as errors.

  122. randallflagg52 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:38 AM

    Lots of Lewis hate on here. Just goes to show how great of a player he is. Every great has a huge group of haters, every single one. Ray is the single best defender of this generation, and you’d all love for him to be a member of your team.

    That said, he’ll be back next year. Ray will walk away on his terms, not due to a injury.

  123. cowboys5x says: Oct 16, 2012 8:03 AM

    Im 35 yrs old and I look up to ray his passion of life, the game of football. My kids love ray.. That madden promo wow and that madden curse ?

  124. karla36 says: Oct 16, 2012 9:00 AM

    What’s really disgusting is some of the comments I’ve heard around this city (Pittsburgh) and on the radio. I’ve always questioned the class of the Steelers’ fans…they have confirmed it. Glee in your voice because of an season-ending injury to an opponent?!! Disgusting!!

  125. ravenscrap says: Oct 16, 2012 10:50 AM

    No what’s really disgusting is the Ravens fans slobbering over a murderer……

  126. raylewis52 says: Oct 16, 2012 12:44 PM

    Haters wanna hate ! Ray will be back next year. Meanwhile stay classy my friends ! You know who you are.

  127. mrpkg says: Oct 16, 2012 1:02 PM

    Old and involved with breaking the law. Must be the raven way

  128. packmanfan says: Oct 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    Are we still getting those NFL player safety/issues PSAs that feature Tom Brady and Ray’s mom with Ray drinking from a sippy cup?
    How ironic.

  129. melikefootball says: Oct 18, 2012 6:55 PM

    Well, we won’t have to watch Ray Ray do his rain dance before the game…professional???

  130. ravens205255 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:43 AM

    so yeah, this is awkward

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