Inspired by Tony Romo's fractured clavicle last Monday, ESPN's David Fleming set out to make a short list of the NFL's most indispensable players, based on the question: "What other players across the league, if lost, would pretty much end their team's chances right then and there?"
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was the first player Fleming listed, though it's unclear if his indispensable dozen was listed in any particular order. Here's what Fleming wrote about Lewis' value:
Lewis was immediately followed on the list by Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson, Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford and Steelers OLB James Harrison. Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant was No. 10, a puzzling addition to the list.
Anyway, based on this list, I've got two questions for you: 1) Is Lewis the NFL's most indispensable player? 2) If Ravens were to lose Lewis today, could they win a Super Bowl title without him?