Yes, the Baltimore Ravens suffered a horrible defeat the way things played out against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but a bigger loss would be Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb being out for any significant amount of time.
Webb left the game in the second quarter against the Bills due to a thigh injury, and the significance of the injury remains unknown at this point as he did not return to the game. The value Webb has as the Ravens’ best defensive back cannot be overstated. Once Webb left the game, Bills quarterback EJ Manuel threw a 42-yard bomb to wide receiver Robert Woods. Guess who had the coverage with Woods? Webb’s replacement, Corey Graham.
Webb is vital to any success the Ravens may have going forward. If Webb is possibly out for multiple weeks, the Ravens may have to say goodbye to their Super Bowl hopes or even their playoff chances.
The Ravens don’t have Ed Reed at free safety to save the day for any issues the team may have so they are very thin in the secondary as they continue to go toward the youth movement.
The Ravens currently sit in first place in the AFC North with a 2-2 record, but that won’t matter if Webb doesn’t come back. The Ravens just don’t have the kind of depth they had last year where they won the Super Bowl without Webb as he suffered a torn ACL in Week 6 of last season. Every starter on the Ravens’ defense is critical, but Webb is more important than most.