The race to New Orleans on the AFC side just got a little easier for fifteen other squads not named the Baltimore Ravens. Reports are flying out of Baltimore that the Ravens All-Pro linebacker and the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year tore his achilles tendon and will miss the entire 2012 season.

It’s a huge blow to the Ravens defense who will lose their playmaking linebacker who wrecked havoc all over the field last season. Somewhere, a Steelers fan is joyfully unconsolable from the news.

[via ESPN]