Through six weeks the AFC is really anybody's race, but one of the front-runners took a big hit on Sunday.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced on Monday that both linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb will miss the rest of the season with injuries.
Lewis is out with a torn triceps muscle. Webb has a torn ACL.
The Ravens improved to 5-1 after beating the Cowboys on Sunday. The only other teams with winning records in the AFC are the Texans (5-1) and the Chargers (3-2), who play tonight against the Denver.
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was also hurt on Sunday. He tore his MCL but is expected to play Sunday against the Texans, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Lewis is 37 years old. Now that his season is over, talks of his retirement have begun to swirl, but the 14-year veteran has not yet commented on his future plans.
Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.