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No word yet on Ray Lewis’ status for Sunday

Ray Lewis, Chykie Brown AP

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.

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21 Responses to “No word yet on Ray Lewis’ status for Sunday”
  1. jakec4 says: Dec 20, 2012 6:05 PM

    I can’t imagine the Ravens bringing back both Ed Reed and Ray Lewis next season so hopefully Ray makes it back for the last days of the nostalgia tour. Quite possibly the last home game they’ll ever play together.

  2. EJ says: Dec 20, 2012 6:37 PM

    This should be Ray Lewis’s last season. Though he still plays with the same aggression and is still a force to reckon with, age is starting to catch up with him injury wise.

  3. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 20, 2012 6:42 PM

    Too little too late… Sorry Ray, great once old and slow now. Ravens are toast ….how sweet!

  4. jakec4 says: Dec 20, 2012 6:49 PM

    EJ says: Dec 20, 2012 6:37 PM

    This should be Ray Lewis’s last season. Though he still plays with the same aggression and is still a force to reckon with, age is starting to catch up with him injury wise.
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    Ed is the one who looks finished, and the Ravens have shown that they will part ways with fan and organizational favorites if the money doesn’t make sense. Ed Reed’s contract is about to be up, and they need to get younger on defense.

    Ray will leave when he is ready to leave.

  5. siggtacular says: Dec 20, 2012 6:58 PM

    Lets hope for the best. The return of the greatest!!

  6. randallflagg52 says: Dec 20, 2012 7:37 PM

    Ed is the one who is done with the team not Ray. I love Ed Reed and he is the greatest safety to ever play, but he’s old and seems to have quit trying to even tackle. Combine that with Ozzie’s philosophy of “right player, right price” and the writing is on the wall for Ed Reed in Baltimore.

    Also even though he is an all time NFL great, Reed’s mouth and aloofness seems to keep him out from being mentioned with Cal Ripken Jr, Ray Lewis and Johnny Unitas as being Baltimore sports legends. I think everyone is ready to move on from Ed Reed. He’ll fetch a good comp pick when some team grossly overpays him.

  7. stevincinci says: Dec 20, 2012 7:43 PM

    They’ve struggled thanks to injury, huh? Sounds like a good excuse to me. Whatever.

  8. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 20, 2012 7:47 PM

    Randallflag: get a clue Ed is done, has been done,and has been overrated for years. Look how quick you dedicated tee shirt boys quit on one of your guys….pathetic . I hate Ed Reed as steeler fan, but respect the hell out of Ed Reed the player because he has been clutch for years. You what have you done for me lately Ratbird fans are in for a very long rebuilding process.. Like it or not its here. Cheers.

  9. scoobies05 says: Dec 20, 2012 7:51 PM

    lots of smack talk from a fan of the 7 and 7 steelers. the team that has lost 2 straight since the return of the allmighty big ben. and you want to talk about over rated safties past their prime…hows troy doing this year.

  10. randallflagg52 says: Dec 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 20, 2012 7:47 PM
    Randallflag: get a clue Ed is done, has been done,and has been overrated for years. Look how quick you dedicated tee shirt boys quit on one of your guys….pathetic . I hate Ed Reed as steeler fan, but respect the hell out of Ed Reed the player because he has been clutch for years. You what have you done for me lately Ratbird fans are in for a very long rebuilding process.. Like it or not its here. Cheers.

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    If Ed is done, has been done, and has been overrated for years, what does that make Troy Polamalu? At least Ed PLAYS the game…

    Also lots of talk from a bandwagon fan of a team that is sitting at .500 and will miss the playoffs.

  11. darkglobe1 says: Dec 20, 2012 8:01 PM

    Doesn’t matter. A washed up player on a team whose Super Bowl window has closed. It’s sad to see him and Raven fans holding out hope for a different result.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 20, 2012 8:11 PM

    @randalflagg: bandwagon fan? I can assure you I have been a steeler fan longer than you have lucky enough to breath. We aren’t talking about Troy , stay on the subject you may learn something son. Sure we may miss the playoffs because we didn’t deserve to get there… You won’t get one ravens fan to be that honest. I am willing to face facts we are not that good… Join the realists neither are ravens little man.

  13. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 20, 2012 8:50 PM

    Ray Lewis is done.
    He’ll never suit up again…

  14. scoobies05 says: Dec 20, 2012 9:56 PM

    i’m sorry….i am not following your logic. are you saying that ravens fans arent honest enough to admit that the ravens arent good enough to be in the playoffs? thats gonna be pretty hard to do since…well you know…we are in the playoffs

  15. scoobies05 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:30 PM

    and actually darkglobe…the ravens superbowl window is open…wanna know why. because the ravens are in the playoffs. the 20 teams that dont make it….their windows are closed. but the 12 that do make it. windows open

  16. steelernator says: Dec 20, 2012 11:06 PM

    Scoobies, yes, the Steelers have lost 2 in a row. What is the Ravens current losing streak? Oh, that’s right. Nobody has much to brag about now.

  17. yevrag3535 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:54 PM

    Quit you old slug. You are a cancer on certain downs and the other team knows when to pull that trigger. Your act is YESTERDAY, please dance yourself into retirement…..

  18. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 21, 2012 4:44 AM

    Scobbies: logic is difficult for some raven fans to grasp, but if you can read you would have seen the word deserve…. And logic says you tee shirt boys don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Just ask Pollard.

  19. ravenator says: Dec 21, 2012 8:07 AM

    No fool, the Ravens are still a better team than your steelers. Our down year consists of making the playoffs, Pittsburgh can’t say the same.

  20. darkglobe1 says: Dec 21, 2012 8:10 AM

    and I have a chance to win the lottery if I buy a ticket, that doesn’t make it very likely. If you think the Ravens are a legit super bowl contender you are fooling yourself.

  21. scoobies05 says: Dec 22, 2012 9:16 AM

    one more time…and i will type slow so you all can understand. the ravens are in the playoffs…ergo they deserve to be in the playoffs due to their record over the course of the season. and the ravens qualified with two weeks to go in the season. these are not opinions…just facts. if the situation was reversed every member of steeler nation would be saying the exact same thing. what happens in the playoffs is yet to be determined. the ravens may lose in the first round..but at least they will have a shot. and they may win the whole thing..because they have a shot

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