Ravens not used to playing without Lewis
October, 15, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Nick WassRay Lewis who has played in 228 games with the Ravens will miss the rest of this season with a torn triceps injury.
Lewis is currently fourth in the NFL with 57 tackles this season, 14 more than any other Ravens player. Lewis has led the Ravens in tackles by himself in each of the last 5 seasons (2007-11).
Lewis has been selected to 12 Pro Bowls. That is tied for the fourth most in league history and tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most among active players. Lewis is tied with Junior Seau for the most Pro Bowl selections ever by a linebacker.
Lewis was drafted by the Ravens with the 26th overall pick in 1996, the team’s first year in Baltimore. Tony Gonzalez, Ronde Barber and London Fletcher are the only active position players to appear in more games than Lewis' 228.
Including the playoffs, Lewis has started 244 career games, the most among active players. Lewis is the only active position player to enter the league in 1996 or before.
Lewis has 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions in his 17 seasons. He is the only player in NFL history to amass 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career (sacks became official in 1982). Among linebackers, only Junior Seau and Clay Matthews have played more seasons than Lewis.
Lewis was also named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003. He is one of six players to win the award multiple times since it was first awarded in 1971.
Lewis is just the latest Ravens defensive star to suffer a serious injury.
Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs has yet to play this year with an Achilles injury and starting cornerback Lardarius Webb suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Week 6.
Pro Bowl DT Haloti Ngata also reportedly tore his MCL in Week 6 but reportedly will play in Week 7.
The 5-1 Ravens will take on the Texans, the AFC's only other 5-1 team, Sunday in Houston.