Ravens tight end Ben Watson suffers an Achilles tendon tear

will spend their 2016 season without tight end Ben Watson‘s help.

The reliable veteran suffered a right Achilles tendon tear in the first tranche of attack of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

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That is a big blow for the Ravens as they spent a lot of effort to woo Watson, the former New Orleans Saints player, in this offseason. Watson’s teammates Dennis Pitta, who suffered a seemingly incurable hip injury, is recovering after a surgery and he is now being treated for a broken finger.

Nick Boyle was suspended, Maxx Williams missed training and did not attend the preseason game. Quarterback Joe Flacco felt sad for the loss of his position. “It would be very cruel to us,” he told reporters.

The injury apparently let people doubt Watson’s future. Watson, 35-year-old, has been surprisingly stable during his career in the league for 12 seasons. Could Watson implement the contract until the ending of his career?