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Ray Lewis could be back by Week 15

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The 9-2 Ravens don’t really have the aura of a 9-2 team.  They could move in that direction with the return of the man who wears No. 52.

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports, citing “more than a half dozen” sources, that Lewis could come back from a torn triceps by Week 15, when the Ravens host the Broncos.

“At the end of the day, you’re gonna see Ray Lewis again,” linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo told Silver.  “For the greatest player in Ravens history to be able to return from this injury and come on this championship run with us?  When he was said to be down and out?  Man, that’s critical mass.  When he comes through that tunnel, that’s gonna be the earthquake and the tsunami.”

Lewis wouldn’t give a timetable for his return.  “You’ve got eyes — what do you expect to happen?” Lewis said.  “I’m here to support my team.”

The specific date could depend on the team’s playoff positioning.

“He might not be back until we really need him,” Ayanbadejo said.  “Pittsburgh losing probably gives us more time.”

Both G.M. Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh agreed that Lewis could be back sooner than expected.

Lewis was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, October 17.  He can return to practice on November 28, and he can return to game action in Week 15 at the earliest.

But Week 15 was never regarded as a serious possibility after the injury occurred.  Now, it should be.

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14 Responses to “Ray Lewis could be back by Week 15”
  1. godofwine330 says: Nov 26, 2012 7:45 AM

    What time is it?!!!!

    I am one of the lone Ravens fans in Cleveland (except when the Ravens are playing the Browns of course) due to The Godfather Rule (Don Corleone said no, got shot, Sonny killed, and in the end accepted the same deal he would have in the first place. Cleveland said no stadium, Browns moved, and Cleveland ended up building a stadium anyway)

    But for arguably the greatest middle linebacker of all time to be back from such a devastating injury at the twilight of his career is just outstanding. I can’t wait to see #52 lining up and playing hopefully sending my Ravens to the Super Bowl. He must have slept in T.O.’s hyperbaric chamber.

  2. southpaw2k says: Nov 26, 2012 8:42 AM

    The Ravens are 4-1 since Ray Lewis went down with his injury. If he does return for Week 15, he’d be back for the game against Denver, which would go a long way towards determining if the Ravens get one of the byes in the playoffs. Here’s hoping his return is in time for that game.

  3. yyyass says: Nov 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    The Ravens are covering better without him – even with the additional loss of Webb. If Lewis comes back he should be used sparingly – especially coming off a serious injury. Love the guy, but his number came up.

  4. watermelon1 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:59 AM

    Look, the bottom line is… Lewis wants one more shot at Peyton Manning. It was possible that the game in two weeks would be it. But now it looks more and more like these teams could meet in the playoffs so I think he’ll be resting up for a few weeks longer. He might get in that week 17 game just to get back in game-mode since they’ll probably have a bye week on wildcard weekend.

  5. guitarkevin says: Nov 26, 2012 11:26 AM

    They must be using sttem cells on these guys.

  6. jacklambertsdentist says: Nov 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    Amazing recovery, particularly for having avoided going under the knife…….errrrrr……having surgery to repair the injury.

  7. originalsteelcurtain says: Nov 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    Ray-Ray the G O A T is a shell of his former self.

    The Ravens will be proven to be pretenders.

  8. ravenator says: Nov 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    What an amazing player. He defies the logic of recovery time. Every team in the league would love to have this leader.

  9. stealersfannot says: Nov 26, 2012 1:19 PM

    It’s no secret that Ellerbe and Ayabadejo are quicker than Lew. But with Lew you get a Field Marshall on the field that can make adjustments as he sees them – something that’ll have unique value as they face Manning and move into the playoffs.

    Either way, it’s a win-win for the Ravens.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    I’d love to see him back for that Giants game. We still owe them for 2000.

  11. broncobeta says: Nov 26, 2012 3:33 PM

    watermelon1 says:

    Look, the bottom line is… Lewis wants one more shot at Peyton Manning.
    ————————–

    Thanks for the inside information!

    I really think Ray Lewis would rather stay healthy to have one more shot at a Super Bowl instead of forcing his way back to play Peyton Manning when his team probably has the playoffs wrapped up by then.

  12. lovefootball4life says: Nov 26, 2012 5:24 PM

    He will bring the level of play at the line and linebacker up a notch not by physically doing it but motivation. That being said if I had a choice I’d rather have Webb back in uniform first.

  13. brentfarve says: Nov 26, 2012 7:41 PM

    Slow, old, and now coming off an injury he will have no impact whatsoever again.
    He will make his famous re-appearance jumping around and making noise for their one and done playoff game.

    There is not one AFC playoff team that they will be able to beat unfortunately. To bad the AFC North has become so weak.

    4th and 29 wins are not impressive, they only give false sense of greatness.

  14. sudz28 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:10 AM

    The Ravens have been soooo much better without him, but way to exaggerate your injury so you can ‘miraculously’ come back before you were expected. And people call Ben a drama queen…! Enjoy the last game or two of your career, killer.

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