Originally Posted by Genesis 1.0
Ray's a freak, he made it clear following the game he wouldn't end his career with an injury. If you watched the special they had last week where he talked about knowing when to quit (He subsequently took shots at Favre) he said he had another year left in him. He'll be back next season.
Ray's the emotional & spiritual leadership of this team, not just the defense but we played pretty damn well without him during that stretch last season. Ngata & Webb concern me a crapload, especially considering the fact that Webb has been one of the most underrated defenders in the League & Ngata's the anchor for that line.
According to USA Today, the only way it ends his career is if he chooses not to undergo the surgery & endure the rehab. It's not a 'Can't', he would have to choose not to undergo the surgery.
Guy just totally overhauled himself in the off season just to streamline himself, he's more than capable of doing what's necessary, it's just a question of whether or not he finds it to be his time. If he felt that he couldn't get back to where he wants to be, then he'll say so.
For your everyday Joe, a severely torn tricep takes 4 - 6 months. With Dr. Andrews & the trainers / regiments available to professional athletes, I'm sure that time could be cut down but since he's already out for the season, he could easily recover in time for next season, if he's willing.
I missed the Lewis conference, but I hope you are right. I love watching Ray play, and hate to think he would go out like this. This was the shittiest news of all of yesterday.
As far as the age thing goes - hey London Fletcher of the Skins is about the same age, and signed for 3 more years. Ray isn't the guy of the 2000 Superbowl season, but he's better than so many MLB's in the NFL. Ravens won't cut him loose as long as #52 is willing to go. All the more I wish the Ravens went to the SB last year. Fuck the Patriots and fuck the Giants - should of been a Harbaugh bowl. Last year's Superbowl was such a fucking shitstorm and borefest of two teams we saw recently.