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Ray Lewis will try to play Sunday

Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Lewis AP

Despite a report earlier this week that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will not play against the Bengals because of a toe injury that could keep him out four weeks, Lewis hasn’t given up hope on this Sunday yet.

Peter King reported at halftime of Notre Dame’s game on Saturday that Lewis will try to suit up despite his injury. King said he’d be surprised if Lewis played, but wouldn’t rule it out.

Lewis, who has enjoyed yet another resurgent season this year, hasn’t missed a game since 2007.

UPDATE 9:45 a.m. ET 11/20/11:  Ray Lewis will not play Sunday, according to Warren Sapp of NFL Network.

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58 Responses to “Ray Lewis will try to play Sunday”
  1. 3octaveFart says: Nov 19, 2011 6:23 PM

    a non-factor whether he plays or not.

  2. jacunn2000 says: Nov 19, 2011 6:30 PM

    And water is wet….

  3. 3octaveFart says: Nov 19, 2011 6:31 PM

    It’s all about Ray, not the team…

  4. etoharin78 says: Nov 19, 2011 6:31 PM

    I’d expect no less from one of the game’s greatest players.

  5. 92and94and51and56 says: Nov 19, 2011 6:35 PM

    Go ahead and play Ray-Ray. Aggravate the injury so you miss the next 4 games too.

  6. ccoolahan14 says: Nov 19, 2011 6:37 PM

    Toughest player ever

  7. bearsstillsuck says: Nov 19, 2011 6:39 PM

    he’s so brave.

  8. mgscott says: Nov 19, 2011 6:42 PM

    not surprised

  9. phadedwun says: Nov 19, 2011 7:04 PM

    See: now here is a man who doesn’t think playing is “hell” and actually enjoys playing.

    Kudos to you Ray.

  10. freerayray52 says: Nov 19, 2011 7:10 PM

    Ray Lewis will go down as one of the top 3 middle linebackers of all time.

    Lewis, Singletary, Butkis

  11. icyhuck says: Nov 19, 2011 7:17 PM

    chill out big ray we got this

  12. bebopa says: Nov 19, 2011 7:21 PM

    He should sit out, better to be careful

  13. hedleykow says: Nov 19, 2011 7:32 PM

    The bigger question is whether Flacco will try and play Sunday.

  14. ravenscaps48 says: Nov 19, 2011 8:03 PM

    Warrior

  15. cereal blogger says: Nov 19, 2011 8:03 PM

    Warrior

  16. Soulman45 says: Nov 19, 2011 8:05 PM

    Frist to say he will play and lose.

  17. clintonportisheadd says: Nov 19, 2011 8:09 PM

    You telling me the team trainers/physicians can’t chemically alter his body Sunday morning to make sure he doesn’t feel anything until about an hour after the game ends?

  18. up2highhell says: Nov 19, 2011 8:10 PM

    With or Without I really can’t see the Bengals doing much of anything in this game…

  19. jjsteelerfan says: Nov 19, 2011 8:10 PM

    It looks like ray ray’s run is over. Turf toe has taken many greats from the game.

  20. truecowboyfan says: Nov 19, 2011 8:39 PM

    The greatest linebacker of all-time hands down… He is to LB’s what Rice is to WR’s… And this is a Die-Hard Cowboy fan talking.. Much, much, much, Respect!!!!

  21. savannahrose44 says: Nov 19, 2011 8:40 PM

    A toe injury huh? Sure it’s not just wounded pride after Marshawn Lynch juked you so bad?

  22. grudenthediva says: Nov 19, 2011 8:42 PM

    “I NEED to play! Who else is gonna hop around, jump on the pile and crash all the interviews if I don’t???”

  23. ncsteeler says: Nov 19, 2011 8:43 PM

    About 10 years ago, before a Steelers-Ravens game Jerome Bettis was listed doubtful with a groin injury. Lewis’ comment was something like “Come on Jerome put a jock on and man up and get out there!” Well Ray, time to man up!

  24. ajc33635 says: Nov 19, 2011 8:45 PM

    If he can’t dance how will he play? His big purple fairy dance is his high point.

  25. coolhand5930 says: Nov 19, 2011 9:16 PM

    No way a toe injury prevents Ray from being the 3rd or 4th man in on a tackle tomorrow.

  26. sikkcaden says: Nov 19, 2011 9:16 PM

    Total non-biased view, at this point I think it’s safe to say that Ray Lewis is the best Middle Linebacker in NFL History. He’s without a doubt the best in the past 15 years and I would put him up against any of the other Greats who have been surrounded by more talent.

  27. fruityromo says: Nov 19, 2011 9:22 PM

    Hey Ray Anthony Lewis, didn’t your buddies kill 2 guys in New Orleans 1/31/2000? You supplied the get away limo. Sound familiar? Why did this go away and you are the darling of the NFL?

  28. ticalcaldwell says: Nov 19, 2011 9:23 PM

    nice try on the gamesmanship…………we know your not playing…..signed all Bengals fans….

  29. medialovesthecowboys says: Nov 19, 2011 9:29 PM

    First ballot hall of famer. Ray Lewis’ game is the definition of football.

  30. drfever73 says: Nov 19, 2011 9:39 PM

    Run right at him Benson!

  31. jamaltimore says: Nov 19, 2011 9:41 PM

    He’s a MACHINE JERK!!

  32. midnite479 says: Nov 19, 2011 9:52 PM

    It’s all about the “U” a true warrior!

  33. tommythetruthteller says: Nov 19, 2011 9:53 PM

    Weird coincidence…Of the three (Lambert, Singletary, Ray-Ray) greatest middle linebackers since the merger, two (Lambert and Ray-Ray) will have had their careers ended by a toe injury.

  34. bossplayer213 says: Nov 19, 2011 9:56 PM

    Is Ray still the best MLB in the league? Or has Willis passed him up?

    Thumbs up for Ray thumbs down for Willis

  35. pdmjr says: Nov 19, 2011 10:10 PM

    Ray is done put a fork in em

  36. flabtreesports says: Nov 19, 2011 10:28 PM

    Those bleating “pile-jumper”are at best unoriginal, and at worst misguided. Ray redefined the middle linebacker. Show some respect for the best defensive player of the last 15 years.

  37. William Marcellino says: Nov 19, 2011 10:34 PM

    Ray Lewis really isn’t my kind of player–too bombastic, loses his cool during/after losses, etc. But I can’t hate on him, or fail to recognize his talent, effort and excellence. He’s an all-time great, and while I may not be a fan of him, I can’t help but be a fan of his game. I feel really privileged to have seen players like Ray Lewis, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning play. I get that they are polarizing figures for different reasons, but to fail to acknowledge their greatness, that they truly played at championship levels that elevated everyone around them, is to admit you don’t care about football.

    You’re just a homer for team X, and there’s millions just like you. I don’t care who they play for, I don’t care whether they make frowny faces, talk trash or schill Ugg boots. I just care about excellence, about areté.

  38. stairwayto7 says: Nov 19, 2011 10:35 PM

    Lewis better play if he is tough..I doubt it he is a loud mouth soft punk who lets everyone else do the dirty work while he takes all the credit! Play you big baby!!

  39. jjsteelerfan says: Nov 19, 2011 11:00 PM

    Ravens have lost to 4-3 teams this year. It is funny how no one talks about the bengals always beating the ravens. Look it up. I think it’s because of the rival against Pittsburg. Bengals play a 4-3!!! Watch out!!! 1-3 against 4-3 teams!!!!!

  40. ndgarretjax says: Nov 19, 2011 11:10 PM

    3octaveFart says:Nov 19, 2011 6:23 PM

    a non-factor whether he plays or not.

    ———————————————–

    You are…an idiot.

  41. steelersownyou says: Nov 19, 2011 11:10 PM

    His play is a non factor. He hasnt been any good for years now. If he was on the steelers he’d be riding the bench! Tomorrow every steeler fan far and wide will be rooting for the bengals. Tomorrow is the only acceptable day to say who dey! Red rifle baby!

  42. tmurray2181 says: Nov 19, 2011 11:11 PM

    Sorry but Ray Lewis is great but half of his greatness is him dancing around promoting himself. Compare his number to London Fletcher who has never missed a game and they are almost identical. Lewis makes a spectical of him self. Fletcher has been to 2 pro bowls with identical numbers yet Lewis is considered a first ballot HOF. Who knew that all you had to do was dance around and talk about letting the dogs out to be a hall of taker.

  43. iknowurider72 says: Nov 19, 2011 11:22 PM

    A little HGH and you to can play for 14 years without injury. Anyone surprised he’s playing? Anyone?

  44. rexismybff says: Nov 19, 2011 11:32 PM

    Surprised Ray doesn’t just take a knife to that toe. Just go ahead and murder it – don’t let it stop you Ray.

  45. vincentbojackson says: Nov 20, 2011 12:19 AM

    Toughest accessory to murder in the NFL.

  46. righthereisay says: Nov 20, 2011 12:47 AM

    When will he retire??? I thought he was done 4 years ago.

  47. ravenator says: Nov 20, 2011 12:54 AM

    G.O.A.T

    Haters gonna hate.

  48. Henry says: Nov 20, 2011 1:36 AM

    Nobody Cares!!!!!!!!!

  49. ravensarepretendersflaccoisajoke says: Nov 20, 2011 1:52 AM

    And Suggs STILL hasn’t answered the challenge to get back on ESPN and brag up Flacco THIS week.

  50. dig616 says: Nov 20, 2011 2:11 AM

    Some of these comments are downright moronic. Nobody knows exactly how bad this injury is. If Lewis risks further damage that would put his season in jeopardy, he won’t be allowed to play. Lewis is absolutely out of his mind insane. He’d probably try to play through a broken leg… but he wouldn’t be ALLOWED to.

    We know he’s tough as hell. But when most NFL players play through a painful injury, it has little to do with how tough they are, and more to do with whether or not they risk further damage by playing. In this situation, ultimately the decision rests with the team. Lewis would get an injection and take the field 10 out of 10 times, even if it meant that his toe falls off the next morning. The team with millions of dollars invested in him might feel differently.

  51. asublimeday says: Nov 20, 2011 2:22 AM

    Much respect for Lewis, but to say he’s better than butkus or singletary is insane.

  52. abungalfan says: Nov 20, 2011 5:32 AM

    Jjsteelerfan
    haven’t they beaten you twice this year?
    And for the rest of you clowns saying that he is the best ever and all this other cap…. (one guy says not to question.he is the best lb ever but could he be the best defensive player ever). Yes he is a great…. One of the greats of all time but to say that he is the best ever cannot be compared. Im sure back in the day someone was equally as smar, equally as talented, and even tougher. You cannot compare different areas because of technology, weights, supplements, equipment, etc(i could go on for days stating why you cannot compare cross eras). To sum it up it would be like stating that kobe bryant is the greatest player of all times. When in fact Oscar Robinson averaged a triple double with no 3pt line and was a pt guard

  53. hafftime says: Nov 20, 2011 6:51 AM

    no doubt that he was healed by Tebow !

  54. tatum064 says: Nov 20, 2011 6:53 AM

    etoharin78 says:
    Nov 19, 2011 6:31 PM
    I’d expect no less from one of the game’s greatest players.

    =================

    Well said. After all said and done, one of the five greatest to ever play the game. The definition of football player.

  55. jeepin08 says: Nov 20, 2011 7:04 AM

    The greatest MLB to ever play the game. Has such an impact on the game.
    And solely responsible for helping sweep the steelers this year. Thats why steelers fans adore him and wish that he had played for them, thats why all the hate.
    Can’t deny his legacy and what he has accomplished. He is a warrior and will probably suit up.

  56. goforgin01 says: Nov 20, 2011 7:51 AM

    Bengals need to worry about the other 15+ guys that will be flying all over the place.

    Whether he plays or not, it’s gut check time for the rest of them, and they know it.

    Andy Dalton in for a very, very rough day if they can’t run the ball…key to the whole game.

  57. jjsteelerfan says: Nov 20, 2011 11:50 AM

    Abungulfan, yes they did beat us twice this year. The steelers run a 3-4 not a 4-3. What would be funny, if the bengals sweep the Ravens then the steelers sweep the bengals to win the afc north would be more salt on the wound to the ravens. They always spend so much emotionally on beating the steelers that they forget they have other games they play. Just saying.

  58. freerayray52 says: Nov 20, 2011 1:30 PM

    i wouldn’t put lambert in the top 10 of middle linebackers.

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