The Ravens have lost their first projected starter to a season-ending injury. Tight end Ben Watson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on the first play of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
The 13-year pro, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent after catching 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints, appeared to suffer the non-contact injury while running a route. He needed assistance from a pair of trainers to limp off the field and was taken straight to the locker room.
Once a position of depth, the Ravens have been hammered with injuries at TE. Dennis Pitta was battling back from a second major hip surgery when he suffered broken finger in a skirmish with a teammate. Maxx Williams (unspecified) was unavailable in the game. Watson was replaced by Crockett Gilmore. Gilmore and Williams look like they are next in line for the most action with Watson lost. Pitta hasn't played since Week 3 of 2014, so even if he recovers from the finger injury, it's hard to imagine him making an immediate impact.