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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Ray Lewis is 'confident' he'll play this year

By Jamison Hensley

Ray Lewis was noncommittal on whether he'll play Sunday at San Diego, but the Ravens linebacker said he's "confident" that he'll return at some point this season.

Lewis has been sidelined the past four games with a toe injury. Judging from Lewis' comments, it sounds like he has been wanting to play the past couple of weeks.

"I'm feeling way better," Lewis told Baltimore reporters Tuesday (via The Baltimore Sun) at a charity event in Baltimore. "Way better. I thought I had a good chance the last four weeks to play, but the coaches are going to make those decisions. They're just being smart. I don't mind being smart. The warrior side of me of course is always going to want to get back out there."

The Sun reported last week that Lewis was scheduled to return this week against the Chargers. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said that he’s “very hopeful” that Lewis will be able to play Sunday.

"Whenever it's time for me get back on the field, I'm definitely going to get back on there," Lewis said.

The Ravens have gone 4-0 in Lewis' absence this season.