There's also a chance that the Ravens will play at the Washington Redskins on Sunday without outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is listed as questionable with torn biceps. He's considered a game-time decision.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Suggs "held up real well" in practice this week but he didn't give any hints on whether the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year will suit up.
"If you are asking what he is going to do, I really don’t know yet," Harbaugh said Friday. "We’ll just have to see where it goes on Sunday.”
If Suggs can't play, it would mark the first time in nine years that the Ravens wouldn't have Suggs or Lewis on the field. It would also leave the Ravens thin at linebacker and vulnerable against the NFL's top rushing attack.
Baltimore will try to limit scrambling quarterback Robert Griffin III and surprising rookie running back Alfred Morris with a different look at linebacker. If Suggs is out, rookie second-round pick Courtney Upshaw would move back into the starting lineup. Reserve linebackers Albert McClellan and Brendon Ayanbadejo combined to fill in at inside linebacker, where Lewis and Ellerbe had started.
The Ravens have the 23rd-ranked run defense in the NFL.