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Ravens' Kapron Lewis-Moore likely out for season with torn Achilles tendon

During Sunday's practice with the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens appeared to suffer their second serious injury of training camp at defensive end.

Kapron Lewis-Moore was carted off the practice field in tears and obvious pain with what coach John Harbaugh later said the team believes to be a torn Achilles tendon.

The injury to Lewis-Moore, which would end his season, follows a torn anterior cruciate ligament for rookie defensive end Brent Urban, the Ravens' fourth-round draft pick from Virginia.

"Kapron Lewis-Moore had a major injury," Harbaugh said. "Early indications are that it's his Achilles. He'll probably be out. That's what I've been told. I was really disappointed for a guy who had the ACL last year. It's going to be tough for him, and we'll rally around him. He'll be back stronger than ever next year."

Trainers immobilized Lewis-Moore's left leg after he was down on the practice field for several minutes, with teammates and San Francisco 49ers players kneeling in prayer.

"The way he went down, you knew," cornerback Jimmy Smith said. "You never heard a man scream that way. You knew something was wrong. It's kind of tough to even speak about it because of what he went through last year, coming back and making headlines now of being a significant piece of what we've got going on.

"And then to have it give out on a simple play like that it's really unfortunate, but the team is going to stay behind him. Hopefully, he make a speedy recovery."

Lewis-Moore tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the BCS national title game playing against Alabama as a Notre Dame senior in 2013. He missed his entire rookie season with the injury after being drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round.

Lewis-Moore detached his medial collateral ligament in the same knee the previous season against USC.

Lewis-Moore had displayed impressive progress during training camp this year, and he was playing well and figured to be a valuable rotational defensive lineman behind starting end Chris Canty. Lewis-Moore tied rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley for the most snaps on the Ravens defense with 24 during a 23-3 preseason win Thursday night against the 49ers.

As a senior at Notre Dame, the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder had 40 tackles, 8 1/2 for losses, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

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