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Ravens expect Ray Lewis back for Week 15

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Ray Lewis is looking likely to miss one more game before making his return from a toe injury.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens’ Week 15 game against the Chargers on December 18 is the targeted return date for Lewis, who has missed the last three weeks amid reports that he could be done for the season.

Lewis is feeling good enough that he reportedly could play Sunday against the Colts and even could have played against the Browns last week, but the Ravens figured it was better to err on the side of caution to give Lewis enough time to heal. (Something tells me that if the Ravens were playing the Steelers rather than the Browns or Colts, Lewis would be on the field.)

Even though he wasn’t playing, Lewis made the trip to Cleveland with his teammates and went through pregame warmups and felt fine. Ravens coach John Harbaugh saw that as an excellent sign.

“He was bouncing around the field yesterday before the game,” Harbaugh said Monday. “We’re hopeful. . . . We’ve been trying the last couple of weeks. We have probably been somewhat cautious. We want to make sure he doesn’t re-injure it. We’ll just have to see how that goes this week.”

Lewis is itching to get back out there, but sidelining him for at least another week seems like the right call. What the Ravens really need is for Lewis to be 100 percent in January.

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27 Responses to “Ravens expect Ray Lewis back for Week 15”
  1. test2402 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    I would rather watch Tim Tebow play.

  2. norseyapper says: Dec 6, 2011 10:40 AM

    They didn’t need him for the Browns, the won’t need him for the Colts, the Chargers offense is good enough that it would be helpful to have him back.
    In this case taking the conservative approach is a no-brainer.

  3. rayriceisnice says: Dec 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    So smart

  4. myspaceyourface says: Dec 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    It’s great the Ravens want to be slower and less athletic in the middle.

  5. seidinho says: Dec 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    I thought you told us the ravens don’t need him? See Monday 10-pack.
    That was simply stupid by the way.

  6. johnnydom says: Dec 6, 2011 10:53 AM

    He’d kill to be out there…oh wait been there done that already.

  7. steelerssmack4u says: Dec 6, 2011 10:53 AM

    It was nice watching football on Sundays without Ray’s self promoting disco dance and meaningless pre-game “Romper Room Speech”

  8. jamaltimore says: Dec 6, 2011 11:29 AM

    steelerssmack4u says:
    Dec 6, 2011 10:53 AM
    It was nice watching football on Sundays without Ray’s self promoting disco dance and meaningless pre-game “Romper Room Speech”

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    I preferred watching Ray and the ravens sweep the steelers this year but the speech and dance are definitely missed! Nobody does it better than the GOAT!

  9. jsalis13 says: Dec 6, 2011 11:36 AM

    No Reason to risk injury against Dan Orlovski, has he learned where the back of the endzone is yet?

  10. jsalis13 says: Dec 6, 2011 11:37 AM

    steelerssmack4u says:
    Dec 6, 2011 10:53 AM
    It was nice watching football on Sundays without Ray’s self promoting disco dance and meaningless pre-game “Romper Room Speech”

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    Huh, usually Steelers fans respect the legends especially on defense, I guess you must be new to this.

  11. sizzleownsbigben says: Dec 6, 2011 11:45 AM

    i don’t understand all low blows on Ray Lewis. Ravens fans could take shots at players on other teams (Big Ben, The whole bengals team, Eagles, Lions, Packers the list goes on)

  12. kokoskmr says: Dec 6, 2011 12:15 PM

    Ray Lewis on the sidelines is almost as good as Ray Lewis between the hashes! Ray is a great coach and motivator. He can share his insight from his vantage point off the field. Jameel McClain, Brendan Ayanbedejo & Albert McClellan standing in for him benefit from his guidance between every series.

    I am proud to call him a Raven!!

    GO RAVENS!!

  13. supashug says: Dec 6, 2011 12:37 PM

    save him for the playoffs, honestly they will sack Rivers 7-8 times, no need for him

    This defense is the best in the NFL without the best linebacker

  14. docredskin says: Dec 6, 2011 12:53 PM

    supashug says:
    Dec 6, 2011 12:37 PM
    save him for the playoffs, honestly they will sack Rivers 7-8 times, no need for him

    This defense is the best in the NFL without the best linebacker

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    Best linebacker? He’s not a top 20 linebacker in the league. He’s Michael Vick-level overrated. I’m so sick of hearing them talk about him like they’re contractually obligated to mention him when sleeking of Baltimore. He’s a mouthpiece. And one that should be in prison at that.

  15. godofwine330 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:00 PM

    As a Browns fan and a Ravens fan (I claim the Ravens except for when they are playing the NEW Browns because they USED to be the Browns) I love to see Ray out there. I love his passion and love for the game. He is a true GOAT. All of the haters just love to hate, but Ray is one of the greatest ever to lace them up and the best and longest active MLB ever.

  16. imopen7 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:05 PM

    Good..I want him to be in the Steeler/baltimoron game that matters. See u in week 18, loser.

  17. zackattack410 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:28 PM

    docredskin says: Dec 6, 2011 12:53 PM

    Best linebacker? He’s not a top 20 linebacker in the league. He’s Michael Vick-level overrated. I’m so sick of hearing them talk about him like they’re contractually obligated to mention him when sleeking of Baltimore. He’s a mouthpiece. And one that should be in prison at that.

    ________________
    It’s funny that a Redskins fan is commenting on here! I’d be pissed too if half my fans starting rooting for a new team that actually wins. No one has respect for your joke of an organization. You are the laughing stock of the NFL!

    I have more respect for the Steelers. At least they back it up most of the time.

  18. humbleminded85 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:30 PM

    Best linebacker? He’s not a top 20 linebacker in the league. He’s Michael Vick-level overrated. I’m so sick of hearing them talk about him like they’re contractually obligated to mention him when sleeking of Baltimore. He’s a mouthpiece. And one that should be in prison at that.
    ———————————————–
    Say’s the depressed redskins fan. You wanna throw shots? Watch this… Bruce Smith, Adam Archeletta, Jermiah Trotter, Jeff George…you want more? Ok…Albert Haynesworth,Deion Sanders(who actually came back few years later and gave the Ravens one good year of play) A future hall of fame CB Champ Bailey for a slighty above average RB AND a second round pick. I mean who does that? Who in the wide world of sports would trade a shut down corner with 7+ years left of good play for freakin Clinton Portis??????? Who??? The Washington Redskins thats who.

  19. uvmcatamounts says: Dec 6, 2011 1:39 PM

    docredskin says:
    Dec 6, 2011 12:53 PM

    Best linebacker? He’s not a top 20 linebacker in the league. He’s Michael Vick-level overrated. I’m so sick of hearing them talk about him like they’re contractually obligated to mention him when sleeking of Baltimore. He’s a mouthpiece. And one that should be in prison at that.

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    Oh, wow. An extremely bitter slurs fan who clearly knows nothing about football. I’m shocked.

  20. steelerssmack4u says: Dec 6, 2011 1:43 PM

    Lewis is WAY past his prime. I’m glad he is coming back, the Defense is SLOWER!!!! TWINKLE TOES ONLY MAKES TACKLES BETWEEN THE HASH MARKS

  21. flabtreesports says: Dec 6, 2011 1:44 PM

    First it was “9/11 was your superbowl”, then it was “11/6 was your superbowl”, now it’s “the next one really matters”.

    What’ll it be after that one?

  22. supashug says: Dec 6, 2011 1:57 PM

    docredskin,

    dont be sad because your hero is Brian Oracblow

    ps, here is a riddle for you

    What do you call the person who leads the best defensive team in the NFL in tackles??? Hint… he is also a linebacker who’s name rhymes with Gay Hewis.

    yup, Ray Lewsis is the best Linebacker in the NFL, we saw the niners 2 weeks ago, there linebacker is comparable. you are in fact an idiot.

  23. vincentbojackson says: Dec 6, 2011 2:26 PM

    He better return for the Chargers game after seeing them blow out the same Jags team that punked the Ravens a few weeks back.

  24. docredskin says: Dec 6, 2011 2:28 PM

    Not the best linebacker in his own locker room (Suggs), division (Woodley/Harrison/Suggs), and at MLB, he’s not in the top five league-wide (Willis, David Harris, London Fletcher, Beason, Vilma, Urlacher, Laurenitis, Mayo would all be higher, in some order) and he’s not even playing near the best among the others (Derrick Johnson, Novorro Bowman, Karlos Dansby, Sean Lee), but yet we treat him as if he were royalty.

    The media have a huge man-crush on him. He gets treated as the face of the league because of his act. How this can’t be seen is a mystery to me.

  25. docredskin says: Dec 6, 2011 3:29 PM

    If you can’t attack the logic, attack the messenger, or in this case, his team. I never made the point that the Redskins were having a good season. It’s obvious to even those from Baltimore that that isn’t the case. Not that the Archuleta signing from a decade ago has any bearing on this current season, but I suppose that is a popular criticism for those who don’t waste their time with the contemporary.

    To the short bus occupant that thinks that most tackles equals best linebacker, I suppose most passing yards equals the best quarterback, or longest field goal kicked is made by the best kicker.

    But go ahead, defend your murder witness. The fact remains that Lewis has been, is, and will remain the most overrated player of his generation. A decent argument could be made that he wasn’t even the best first round pick Baltimore made THAT SEASON! His dancing/schtick/bravado overshadow the fact that he has never been the best defender on his own team. Ngata, Reed, and Suggs were/are better.

    Simple facts, but if you’re backward enough to root for the Stolen Browns, nothing is too simple for you.

  26. bmorelikeme says: Dec 6, 2011 4:36 PM

    @docredskin

    Wow, obviously Ray Ray isn’t what he was, the man is 36 years old, and can still play at a level most Linebackers can only dream of. There isn’t a RB in the league that wants to meet Mr. Lewis between the tackles.

    It’s one thing for you to criticize his current skill set, but to call him the most overrrated player of his generation is assinine.

    In his prime, when he led possibly the greatest defense ever to to a superbowl vistory, while Trent Difler manned the offense, he was unstoppable.

    He used to make running backs like Eddie George quit by the end of the game. He is the only player ever in the 40/30 club. I could go on and on, but if you can’t see that then I feel sorry for you. You’ve spent the last decade 20 miles down I-95 crying to yourself when you could’ve had the opportunity to go watch an alltime great in person. Keep Hating.

  27. docredskin says: Dec 6, 2011 6:14 PM

    @bmorelikeme

    Asinine is hardly the descriptor. Every time – and I mean every time – the Ravens are mentioned, it is through the prism of Ray Lewis because the media overrated him. Remember when Ngata was drafted, all the interviews were of Ray saying how much he needed someone like that on the line, protecting him. When Flacco was drafted, it was “they don’t need a leader; they have Ray Lewis”. Despite having a once in a generation player alongside him (Ed Reed) for years, it’s still “Ray’s team”. Despite having a sack machine (Suggs) lining up beside him, it’s still “Ray’s team”. Despite having one of the best corners of his era (McCallister) for years, it’s “Ray’s Team”. Despite having one of the most dominant linemen in the league (Ngata), it’s “Ray’s team”. Why? Because he’s overrated.

    Despite his obvious skill decline (which you tacitly acknowledged) he is STILL talked about as if he were at his peak and the best in the league. It’s as if the media is breaking their backs to prove they aren’t holding his legal trouble against him.

    Looking at him objectively, which you can’t do as a fan, he hasn’t been the best player on your defense for the majority of his time there, wasn’t the best draft pick OF HIS OWN YEAR, and is a shell of himself. None of this is acknowledged in the media.

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