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Webb, R. Lewis both done for the year

OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens' worst fears were confirmed Monday as cornerback Lardarius Webb (torn ACL) and middle linebacker Ray Lewis (torn triceps) will both be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Both players were injured during Sunday's win against the Dallas Cowboys.

"I'm disappointed for those guys," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said, later adding, "These are guys that put so much effort, heart and soul into what they do."

Jimmy Smith will replace Webb in the starting lineup. Dannell Ellerbe will likely step in for Lewis.

Harbaugh said Corey Graham will take over as the Ravens' nickel back and that second-year player Chykie Brown and rookie Asa Jackson could be in the mix for playing time as well.

Harbaugh also hinted that starting outside linebacker Albert McClellan could see some time inside with Lewis sidelined. McClellan started one game inside last season. He has started all six games at Sam linebacker this year.

Baltimore is ranked 26th in the NFL - out of 32 teams - in total defense.

"I feel great about our guys' chances to fill in," Harbaugh said. "That's something we've been able to do in the past. That's what you have to be able to do. Obviously, that's going to define what we're going to be able to accomplish this year, so that's something we're going to need to do. ... That's something we're going to have to get done."

Harbaugh didn't rule out the possibility of signing a player at either of those two positions.

"You always need more of everything," Harbaugh said. "We'll have to decide where we feel like we mostly need another guy, who we have available on our practice roster or who's available out there. The most important thing is going to be getting the best player in here that we can."

Reach staff writer Matt Zenitz at 410-857-7896 or matt.zenitz@carrollcountytimes.com. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.

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