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Report: Ray Lewis not expected back before the playoffs

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Talk of Ray Lewis playing against the Giants on Sunday may have been premature.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Ravens are not expecting Lewis back on the field either tomorrow against the Giants or next Sunday in the regular-season finale against the Bengals.

Lewis returning to the field for the Ravens’ first playoff game on January 5 or January 6 is still a possibility.

When Lewis suffered a triceps tear in Week Six, there was immediate speculation that it would end his season — and possibly his career, as Lewis has talked about retiring after this year. But Lewis was placed on short-term injured reserve, which means it’s still possible for him to make a return. If he is going to return at all, the Ravens will have to activate him from short-term injured reserve to the 53-man roster by next week, which is three weeks after he began practicing.

But a return to game action is apparently at least two weeks away.

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19 Responses to “Report: Ray Lewis not expected back before the playoffs”
  1. xofootballer says: Dec 22, 2012 12:48 PM

    No big loss. The Raven defense was off when Lewis was PLAYING earlier in season. Hall of Famer but be honest – better options on roster. Even 100% healthy Ray Lewis just isn’t the same now. That being said look forward to his HOF speech.

  2. brenenostler says: Dec 22, 2012 12:50 PM

    False hope.

  3. ravenator says: Dec 22, 2012 1:16 PM

    Wonder what the Steeler fans will come up with? Obsess much

  4. superputman says: Dec 22, 2012 1:27 PM

    I’m not a Ravens fan.. but anyway.. Mr. Lewis seems like the type of man who, even when he’s not playing, gets positive things accomplished – whether it’s working with the community, the team or even his own family. The type of guy I’d like to shake hands with and congratulate on doing all the things I’ve never been able to accomplish. The guy’s a class act and I hope he comes back, but I also hope he doesn’t rush himself and get hurt again when they need him the most.

  5. lawyermalloy says: Dec 22, 2012 1:28 PM

    I guess they came to the realization that allowing him to play, injured, in a meaningless game made zero sense.

  6. John A. says: Dec 22, 2012 1:38 PM

    The loss of Lewis isn’t what is holding the Ravens back. It’s their (lack of) offense.

  7. leksington says: Dec 22, 2012 2:08 PM

    The ILBs behind Lewis have been decimated by injuries.

    Even if you think Ray Lewis has lost several steps, his return will still be huge for the Ravens.

  8. jayhit says: Dec 22, 2012 2:43 PM

    Can’t wait to see him in purple again… Glad he is back one and out in the playoffs… 3 weeks of losing keep up the good work!

  9. melikefootball says: Dec 22, 2012 2:47 PM

    Heard Ray Ray got credit for five tackles since he hasn’t played. HOF for sure!

  10. runwright44 says: Dec 22, 2012 3:14 PM

    just for the record: Steelers finale next week is against the Browns.

  11. jimbo75025 says: Dec 22, 2012 3:41 PM

    superputman says:
    Dec 22, 2012 1:27 PM
    The guy’s a class act …..

    ———–

    Lets not get crazy here-there was that whole murder thing by his crew and concealing/getting rid of evidence that could have tied him to the crime. Agreed he has pretty much kept his nose clean since that, but does not mean that situation in 2000 did not happen.

  12. causeisaid says: Dec 22, 2012 3:44 PM

    runwright44 says:
    Dec 22, 2012 3:14 PM
    just for the record: Steelers finale next week is against the Browns.

    Just for the record: The Steelers cannot win the AFC North. And the Ravens clinch the AFC North regardless of the Giants outcome with a Steelers win over the Bengals. So go get’um Steelers!!

  13. nockinon7sdoor says: Dec 22, 2012 4:03 PM

    @ causisaid: Just for the record: The Steelers cannot win the AFC North. And the Ravens clinch the AFC North regardless of the Giants outcome with a Steelers win over the Bengals. So go get’um Steelers!!

    ______________________________

    Just for the record, the Steelers can indeed win the AFC North, if they win out and the Ravens lose out. So, go get ‘um Steelers!!!!!!

  14. sudz28 says: Dec 22, 2012 4:52 PM

    I’ve been really hoping for a third matchup between my Steelers and the hated Ratbirds, which obviously can only happen in the playoffs. With any luck, not only will I get my wish BUT Ray will be back in the lineup (and Suggs, and Webb, and other starters who missed their other 2 games). Two game each decided by three points, let’s have a third to see who’s truly KING OF THE HILL! Best of luck on getting/being healthy Ray.

  15. allen227 says: Dec 22, 2012 5:31 PM

    Who cares! Him and Urlacher are only hanging on now. They’ve been passed over by guys like Patrick Willis, Brian Cushing and now Luke Kuechly.

  16. melikefootball says: Dec 22, 2012 7:19 PM

    Hadn’t rained in Baltimore since he has not played. Need to get that rain dance going again.

  17. mandtdefelice says: Dec 22, 2012 8:02 PM

    Just to reiterate above commentary…Steelers win division with 2 wins and 2 Raven losses. Look it up. All 3 teams would finish 9-7. 1st tiebreaker in that scenario is head to head vs other 2 teams. Pit would be 3-1, Bal 2-2 and Cin 1-3. Three teams potentially tied here is the key. Possible: yes. Likely: no.

  18. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Dec 22, 2012 9:22 PM

    I hope Ray Ray plays ASAP because he will only hurt the Ravens. Too old- to slow.

  19. fearthebengaltiger says: Dec 22, 2012 9:33 PM

    something tells me if the bengals and giants win tomorrow, we might see him the last game with the division on the line…

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