Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Ray Lewis expected to practice Wednesday
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens are unsure about linebacker Terrell Suggs' status with torn biceps injury but the team expects linebacker Ray Lewis to return to practice Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder. Lewis tore his triceps a little over seven weeks ago.
If Lewis can return Dec. 16 against Denver (the first game he's eligible to play) and Suggs is out for an extended period, that's a bad trade-off for the Ravens. Even though Suggs hasn't played like the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, he is still more of a playmaker than Lewis at this stage of their careers.
But the Ravens do need Lewis to return as soon as possible. Baltimore was down to reserves Brendon Ayanbadejo and Albert McClellan at inside linebacker with Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe both injured Sunday against Pittsburgh. Without Lewis or Ellerbe in the middle, a below-average run defense is even more vulnerable.
I'm still in a wait-and-see mode with Lewis. There was speculation that he would return to practice last week and he didn't. But if there is an NFL player who can come back from a torn triceps injury in less than two months, it will be Lewis. Few expected Lewis to be playing in the league for 17 years.