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Ravens prevail but likely lose Webb for season

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Ravens prevail but likely lose Webb for season

Yet again, the Ravens pulled off an improbable victory and extended their regular season home win streak to 14 in a row.

But it came at a heavy price.

In a topsy-turvy game won 31-29 over the Dallas Cowboys, the Ravens (5-1) appear to have lost cornerback Lardarius Webb to a knee ligament tear after he went down in the first quarter. He'll get an MRI on Monday to confirm the results, but teammates are prepared for the worst.

"If we've lost him for the year, it's going to kill us," Ravens safety Ed Reed said.

The Ravens also have injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps), who was on the sideline during a key stretch of the fourth quarter, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee). Nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu  and Jimmy Smith, who replaced Webb, had unspecified "tweaks," according to coach John Harbaugh.

"We had some injuries, especially on the defensive side," Harbaugh said. "We were in a physical, fistfight from the beginning until the end. They threw a lot of haymakers at us and our guys stepped up at the end and found a way to win the game. Throughout the game we had guys running and playing positions they hadn't played. We had packages that we hadn't had a chance to practice."

The Ravens escaped with a 9-6 road victory at the Kansas City Chiefs a week ago when a go-ahead touchdown was called back late in the fourth quarter on a penalty.

They dodged a second bullet vs. Dallas.

After going head 31-23 with 4:41 left in the game, the Ravens allowed Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to engineer an 18-play drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown throw to Dez Bryant. The two-point conversion to tie the score failed, but the Cowboys got the ball back with 30 seconds left when Brendon Ayanbadejo failed to recover an onside kick.

Third-string cornerback Chykie Brown was called for a 20-yard pass interference call that put Dallas in range for a 51-yard field goal by Dan Bailey. It sailed wide left.

It was surprising the game was so close when considering everything that went well for Baltimore. It had two touchdown runs from Ray Rice, an NFL-record tying 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Jacoby Jones and didn't commit a turnover.

But an already-suspect defense just got thinner in the secondary. Defensive back Cary Williams, who had an interception of Romo that ended a threat in Ravens territory and led to the go-ahead score for a 17-10 lead at halftime, was heartbroken to see Webb's injury.

"Lardarius is more than just a teammate to me. He's my little brother," said Williams, who had an interception for the third game in a row. "He's a great friend. We talk about anything and everything. My heart goes out to him. I even shed a tear at halftime because I see my brother down there and he's in pain. It hurt me."

The bye week can't come fast enough. The Ravens not only have to heal, they must fix a run defense that allowed a franchise record 227 yards for Dallas. Overall, the Cowboys had 481 yards, 30 first downs, converted 8 of 15 third downs and ran 30 more plays than Baltimore. They had the ball for 40 minutes while the Ravens had it 20.

They travel to play the Houston Texans, who they beat in the playoffs last season, and then get a week off.

"This week is going to be very important. I'm not looking ahead to the bye week but we'll prepare for Houston, go there and try to get a win and get rested," Rice said. "That's going to be the main thing, get rested and healthy right now. This is that halfway point when your body starts to change a little bit."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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