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Rock Hill’s Ben Watson out for NFL season with Achilles tear

Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is assisted off the field after injuring himself in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Baltimore.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is assisted off the field after injuring himself in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Baltimore. AP

The Ravens have lost their first projected starter to a season-ending injury. Tight end Benjamin 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 last season, appeared to suffer the noncontact injury while running a route. He needed assistance from two trainers to limp off the field and was taken straight to the locker room.

With Dennis Pitta (broken finger) and Maxx Williams (unspecified) unavailable, Watson was replaced by Crockett Gillmore.

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