Baxter Done for the Year

Had surgery on Monday, will go on the Injured Reserve list..

Baxter Done: CB Gary Baxter underwent surgery to repair a tear in his pectoral muscle suffered in the Lions game. Crennel said Baxter will be out for the season.

"Gary Baxter had surgery this morning," Crennel said. "We expect a full recovery and he will be out the rest of the season."

Crennel was not ready to name a starter for next week's game, but did say there's a good chance Leigh Bodden will take over. He was on the active roster and he replaced Baxter.

"We don't necessarily have to sign another cornerback," Crennel said. "The backups need a mind set to be ready to produce and perform. A couple of the guys had a lot of work in training camp in Bodden and (Michael) Lehan. That's what it takes in the NFL, and that is you have to be ready to handle that situation."

Bodden was activated for the first time against the Lions in three weeks and found himself playing the whole game after Baxter was injured on the third play of the game.

"I feel I can be a starter here," Bodden said. "I will line up and try to do what Baxter did. It was tough being inactive, but I got the chance to play yesterday and I think I played o.k. I didn't make any plays to help us win."

Bodden had three tackles and one on special teams, as well as a pass defensed.

The injury should also give Lehan more time.

"Any time you go out there, you need to make the most of the opportunity," Lehan said.

The defensive players know that the injury to Baxter will be a blow to the defense.

"It's a solid blow to the defense," Brian Russell said. "He's a leader on the defense."

"He's a big play guy for our defense," Chris Crocker said. "He'll be missed. Somebody else will have to step up and pick up for him. You can't replace Gary, but it's the opportunity for someone else to step up."

Baxter was signed to a long-term unrestricted free agent contract during the off-season from the Ravens. He finished the season with 20 tackles, two interceptions, three passes broken up and a forced fumble.


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