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Ravens leave door open for Ray Lewis return

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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will have surgery on his torn triceps Wednesday, but it may not mean the end of the season.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that Lewis has been placed on injured reserve with the designation to return, which means he would be eligible to start practicing with the team after six weeks and resume playing after eight weeks. Harbaugh admitted to not having much of an idea about whether or not Lewis would be able to make it back for the end of the regular season and, the Ravens hope, playoffs, but given the point of the season there’s not much for the Ravens to lose by using the designation right now since it won’t help them much in the weeks to come.

For now, the Ravens plan to use Jameel McClain inside with Dannell Ellerbee taking over the spot McClain is vacating on the outside. They may have another option on the outside eventually, however.

Lewis’ exit from the defense comes just as Terrell Suggs is returning to the fold. Harbaugh also confirmed that Suggs will begin practicing on Wednesday, starting the clock on the 21-day window they’ll have to activate him from the PUP list. It would be a stretch to expect to see much from Suggs right out of the gate, but the fact that his Achilles has healed enough for him to resume football activities of any kind is a good sign for his chances of helping the team win games at some point this season.

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35 Responses to “Ravens leave door open for Ray Lewis return”
  1. baloneyjohn says: Oct 17, 2012 1:03 PM

    Why not. If there is anything to positive thinking in the healing process, this guy is the poster child.

  2. dayumyou says: Oct 17, 2012 1:04 PM

    Hey Ravens welcome to our world….Go Steelers!!

  3. cooklynn17 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:07 PM

    The door is only open a slight crack.

  4. fissels says: Oct 17, 2012 1:09 PM

    They better leave the door open, he’ll knock it down

  5. notthathand says: Oct 17, 2012 1:22 PM

    The Ravens are 5-1, but I get the sense that their window is closing, just like the Steelers. BAL is kinda like the Bills of 20 years ago: very good teams that just never quite got it done.

    We’ll see what happens in Texas.

  6. ravenscrap says: Oct 17, 2012 1:30 PM

    Old, slow, broken down and injured – as the nest burns!

  7. ravenator says: Oct 17, 2012 1:38 PM

    I’m amazed at the ignorance of Steeler fans. It’s like they don’t even know their team is below .500 with losses to the raiders and titans, jut pathetic. Wy do you even post if your team is a bottom dweller, just amazing.

  8. jrob1020 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:41 PM

    Unlike the Bills of 20 years ago, they did win a Super Bowl.

  9. southpaw2k says: Oct 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    notthathand says:
    Oct 17, 2012 1:22 PM
    The Ravens are 5-1, but I get the sense that their window is closing, just like the Steelers. BAL is kinda like the Bills of 20 years ago: very good teams that just never quite got it done.

    We’ll see what happens in Texas.

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    I have no doubt the Ravens will be pasted Sunday in Houston. However, it’s an outright myth that their window is closing. Do you know how many players on the defensive side of the ball are over the age of 30? Four, and that includes Ray Lewis and Ed Reed (the other two being Brendan Ayanbadejo and Maake Kemoeatu). And if you add in five players on the offense who are at least 30 years old (Leach, Boldin, Birk, Bobbie Williams and Bryant McKinnie), the team as a whole is hardly old. I have no doubt the Ravens will continue being competitive for the long term. Suggs and Ngata can carry the torch in leading the defense, and Flacco and Rice are already leading the offense.

  10. cincyorangenblack says: Oct 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    Roids most likely caused this injury. don’t rush back Ray, take your time to heal properly (w/out more roids) and come back next year

  11. randallflagg52 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:49 PM

    For now, the Ravens plan to use Jameel McClain inside with Dannell Ellerbee taking over the spot McClain is vacating on the outside. They may have another option on the outside eventually, however.

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

    That’s not really how a 3-4 defense works…

  12. carlsbadboltfan says: Oct 17, 2012 1:54 PM

    I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again: never count Ray Lewis out of anything.

  13. ballinmore says: Oct 17, 2012 1:56 PM

    Gives the team something to play for when everyone is counting them out. Get to late in the playoffs and give Ray a chance to make it back.

    By the way Ellerbe will be taking McClain’s spot on the INSIDE not outside while McClain takes Ray’s. Good try though Josh.

  14. lennylyles says: Oct 17, 2012 1:56 PM

    Biggest misconception with the Ravens is that they are old. With Lewis out Ed Reed is the only defensive starter overage 30. The offensive standouts in the skill positions and the line are all young. The problem is the young players replacing veterans on the defensive side have not stepped up.

  15. thebonus44 says: Oct 17, 2012 2:01 PM

    dayumyou says: Oct 17, 2012 1:04 PM

    Hey Ravens welcome to our world….Go Steelers!!
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    Except the difference is the Ravens only have 2 starters over the age of 30 on their defense, whereas the Steelers have 7.

    Also, the Ravens actually have young talent on the defense, as opposed to busts like Worilds and Hood.

    Both defenses are not playing up their incredible standards and will be relying on their offense to carry them.

    Also, the Steelers are 2.5 games behind the Ravens in the AFC North.

  16. joemammy says: Oct 17, 2012 2:06 PM

    He’s done.

  17. claymatthewshairplugs says: Oct 17, 2012 2:14 PM

    T-Sizzle ball so hard

  18. blackngold4life says: Oct 17, 2012 2:15 PM

    He’s done for the season..but I hope he’s good to go next year and retires on his own time. Like it or not Lewis makes the NFL better. He’s the Defensive face of the league. I wish the Steelers had ONE player on the team with 25% of the fire on either side of the ball that he has. Any Steeler fan who disagrees is lying to their self. Just keeping it 100%

  19. baltimoret says: Oct 17, 2012 2:38 PM

    All I can say is if Ray does make it back, good or not, when he returns through that tunnel at home on 12/23 against the Giants, doing his dance, the stadium is going to shake.

    Ray Lewis can fire up anyone to do anything. He could make you believe you could run through a brick wall. He’s the most motivated, passionate person I’ve ever seen/heard.

    If he says he’s coming back, don’t bet against it.

  20. noreasterforlife says: Oct 17, 2012 2:40 PM

    “Ravens leave door open for Ray Lewis”

    That’s so he doesn’t have to strain his injury arm in opening the door himself. :)

  21. dexterismyhero says: Oct 17, 2012 2:47 PM

    @baltimoret says:Oct 17, 2012 2:38 PM

    All I can say is if Ray does make it back, good or not, when he returns through that tunnel at home on 12/23 against the Giants, doing his dance, the stadium is going to shake.

    Ray Lewis can fire up anyone to do anything. He could make you believe you could run through a brick wall. He’s the most motivated, passionate person I’ve ever seen/heard.

    If he says he’s coming back, don’t bet against it.
    =================================

    Wold love to see him come back, but he didn’t say he was coming back did he?

  22. greglloydrules says: Oct 17, 2012 3:12 PM

    You can’t spell Ray Lewis without IR

  23. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    Ray Lewis: Nevermore.

  24. weepingjebus says: Oct 17, 2012 3:25 PM

    Cute kid.

  25. steelersownyou says: Oct 17, 2012 3:51 PM

    Big ben is gonna have a field day with this crap defense. By december steelers will be in 1st place in afc north..book it ratbirds. For the day of reckoning is upon you!!!

  26. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Oct 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    @notthathand

    The Ravens won a superbowl. The bills haven’t.
    Not alike at all….

  27. samoanjungle says: Oct 17, 2012 5:36 PM

    @steelersownyou
    I got a feeling the Bengals are going to take out their frustrations against the Steelers Sunday and you will then have a long hill to climb to the top.

  28. thebonus44 says: Oct 17, 2012 5:45 PM

    steelersownyou says: Oct 17, 2012 3:51 PM

    Big ben is gonna have a field day with this crap defense. By december steelers will be in 1st place in afc north..book it ratbirds. For the day of reckoning is upon you!!
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    You realize your football team is 2-3 right? You let the vaunted Titans offense rack up the points and beat you. Your defense is older than Jesus. Polamalu can’t stay on the field. Your offensive line, as always, is in shambles.

    The only bright spot for your team is that you didn’t lose this week.

  29. theandy59 says: Oct 17, 2012 5:54 PM

    Only Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are over 30? Err….those are two pretty important players. That’s like saying, “Oh, the Patriots will be fine after Brady retires…the rest of the offense is really young.” Right.

  30. notthathand says: Oct 17, 2012 6:00 PM

    “thebrownswillalwaysloose says:
    Oct 17, 2012 4:10 PM
    @notthathand

    The Ravens won a superbowl. The bills haven’t.
    Not alike at all….”

    Thanks, I’m quite aware of the Ravens SB victory…over 10 years ago. The comparison was the Harbaugh-era Ravens with the Bills of SB 25-28.

  31. thebonus44 says: Oct 17, 2012 6:22 PM

    theandy59 says: Oct 17, 2012 5:54 PM

    Only Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are over 30? Err….those are two pretty important players. That’s like saying, “Oh, the Patriots will be fine after Brady retires…the rest of the offense is really young.” Right.
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    Spoken like someone who has never actually watched the Ravens play. Ed Reed is pretty much non-existent as a tackler these days. Oh, he’ll throw a shoulder at you, but thats about all you’re getting out of Ed. His big plays are too few and far between these days.

    They are important players, though, no doubt, but there is going to come a time when neither of them will be patrolling back there. These Defense is now the property of Terrell Suggs/Bernard Pollard/Haloti Ngata

  32. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 17, 2012 6:53 PM

    Not. A. Chance.

  33. steelersownyou says: Oct 17, 2012 8:33 PM

    @samoanjungle. Calm down bro. Dont get your panties in a bunch. Steelers are favorite over the bunges by 2 pts. In your own house!! Steelers will be 3-3 ratbirds will lose 5-2. And 10 games left for us. Dont call it a comeback sucka we been here for years!!

  34. jintzforever says: Oct 17, 2012 9:30 PM

    Black gold – are u kidding? James Harrison has plenty of passion. And u say this as a Steeler fan?

  35. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 18, 2012 7:08 AM

    jintzforever:
    You’ve got to understand that those pretending to be Steelers fans — the ones with the word “steelers” in their usernames — they aren’t actually Steelers fans at all. They are actually giddy, little schoolgirl Big Ben groupies.
    Nevertheless, having a player with Joey Porter’s persona wouldn’t hurt…

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