Morgan Moses deserves love from Ravens fans after harrowing injury revelation

Moses played through so much pain.
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The Baltimore Ravens didn't need to worry about the right tackle spot one iota for the last two seasons, as the quality play of veteran Morgan Moses was much appreciated. Moses started 31 games in the regular season before being traded to the New York Jets this offseason.

Ravens fans may already have liked what Moses brought to the table as a pass protector and veteran presence on the line, but his recent revelation regarding his injury will make his effort even more appreciated. Moses' dedication to the game can't be questioned.

Moses missed his first games since the 2015 season last year, breaking one of the league's more impressive ironman streaks. On "The Official Jets Podcast," Moses described the immense pain he was in when he suffered the injury and the issues he had to overcome just to play.

Moses said he believed he was having a heart attack when he first suffered the injury. Moses not only tore about 60% of his pec muscle, but his injury was so bad that Ravens doctors wanted to shut him down for the rest of the season. Instead, Moses fought through the pain, even hiding his straps from opposing players to not seem compromised.

Morgan Moses playing through torn pec muscle with Baltimore Ravens

Moses manned the right tackle spot for two seasons in Baltimore, earning relatively high grades from Pro Football Focus and praise for his consistency. Even as he enters his age-33 season, Moses is regarded around the league as a starter who can play a role on a championship team.

The Jets were willing to give up some worthwhile capital for Moses, and he figures to be the starting right tackle on a team that suffered through a terrible offensive line. If he stays healthy, his Ravens career should indicate that he will be very successful in his second stint in New York.

The Ravens have admittedly prepared well for Moses' departure, as they signed a veteran free agent in Josh Jones to compete with incumbent Moses understudy Daniel Faalele and highly-touted second-round draft pick Roger Rosengarten for the RT job.

Moses may have only been in Baltimore for two seasons, and he failed to help them reach a championship, but it's hard to say many negative things about such a dependable leader who overcame immense physical pain to suit up against some of the best defensive players in the league.