Ravens defensive end Karon Lewis-Moore has torn his Achilles’s tendon during Sunday’s practice. Coach John Harbaugh revealed the injury to reporters following practice in his press conference. Jason La Canfora confirmed the report via Twitter.
John Harbaugh says it’s a minor ankle injury for Asa Jackson but appears to be a season-ending Achilles for Kapron. Tough break there
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 10, 2014
It’s an incredibly tough break for Lewis-Moore, who missed all of his rookie season in 2013 following a torn ACL he suffered at Notre Dame. Lewis-Moore was a sixth round pick in 2013 and was most recently running with the Raven’s second team defense as the direct backup to Chris Canty.
The Ravens were counting on Lewis-Moore to be a big part of the defensive line rotation and were likely also hoping that he would push Canty for starter’s snaps. He played well in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the 49ers, picking up one tackle and one assist in limited action.
The Ravens will now have to decide whether to keep Lewis-Moore on the roster until cuts begin, or release him and hope that no other team claims him on waivers. The season ending injury is the second for the Ravens along the defensive line this offseason, after fourth round draft selection and fellow defensive end Brent Urban tore his ACL only one week ago.
Losing Urban and Lewis-Moore puts a serious damper on what appeared to be a position of strength for the Ravens. The team will need to either make a roster move or two to acquire free agent depth, or turn to some undrafted rookies for help. It also means that they will need DeAngelo Tyson to step up in a big way.