The Ravens haven’t filled the roster spot vacated by linebacker Jameel McClain when he went on injured reserve this week and that empty roster spot/position on the linebacking depth chart looks like a perfect fit for Ray Lewis, who is practicing in hopes of returning from the torn triceps that landed him on injured reserve with the designation to return earlier this season.
Lewis was eligible to return for last week’s game against the Broncos, but the Ravens did not activate him. If they’re planning on putting him back on the field this weekend against the Giants, they’re keeping it under wraps. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Thursday that Lewis has looked like his usual self on the practice field, but that he is still waiting to find out if Lewis will be in the lineup.
“It’d be great to have him back,” Pees said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I said that a couple weeks ago when we first started kind of seeing him come back. I’d love to have him back. I think it’d be a great emotional lift. But more than that, we could use some bodies in there, too, at linebacker. We’ll just have to wait and see whatever they say is a go, but we’d love to have him back.”
With McClain and Dannell Ellerbe out last week, the Ravens were forced to start Josh Bynes and Brendon Ayanbadejo at inside linebacker. Ellerbe has been a limited participant at practice this week and the Ravens could certainly use him and Lewis in uniform to bolster a defense that’s struggled thanks to injuries.