According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is expected to return this season and could be back by week 15 after tearing his triceps last month.
More than half a dozen sources told Yahoo! Sports that legendary linebacker Ray Lewis, believed to be lost for the season after suffering a torn triceps in mid-October, is expected to return before the end of the 2012 campaign, perhaps as early as the Ravens’ Dec. 16 showdown with the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium.
“At the end of the day, you’re gonna see Ray Lewis again,” said veteran linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, one of the many players attempting to fill the void during the future Hall of Famer’s absence. “For the greatest player in Ravens history to be able to return from this injury and come on this championship run with us? When he was said to be down and out? Man, that’s critical mass. When he comes through that tunnel, that’s gonna be the earthquake and the tsunami.”
A source close to Lewis said the 37-year-old linebacker has been aggressively treating his triceps injury with a variation of the platelet-rich plasma therapy that helped injured Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Hines Ward return from a knee sprain to play in the team’s Super Bowl XLIII victory. The source said Lewis could practice as soon as this Thursday — the day he’s eligible to do so after having been placed on the “injured reserve designated to return” list six weeks earlier — and almost certainly will return sometime in the next month. Depending upon the way his arm responds, Lewis could be activated to face the Broncos (the first game for which he’d be eligible), or for the following week’s home game against the New York Giants — or, if a more conservative approach is favored, Baltimore’s playoff opener.
“He might not be back until we really need him,” Ayanbadejo said. “Pittsburgh losing probably gives us more time.” “We’ll see in another couple of weeks,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Sunday. “Stay tuned.” Said Ravens coach John Harbaugh: “I would say it’s possible. We can’t put Ray out there until he’s ready to win those battles. But if it can be done, yes, we want to do it.”
One things for sure about Lewis, he’s very determined to come back this season and it looks like nothing is going to stop him from making that happen.
The good news for the Ravens is that at 9-2 they don’t need to rush Lewis back, since they’re currently in the driver’s seat for a first round bye in the AFC.