Baltimore Ravens Need to Wait Until Playoffs Before Bringing Ray Lewis Back

By Dan Parzych
(Evan Habeeb/US PRESSWIRE)

Ray Lewis was expected to return this year during the playoffs at earliest after suffering a torn triceps against the Dallas Cowboys back in the middle of October, but now it appears the star linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens may try to return for the team’s Dec. 16 game against the Denver Broncos. While this would give the Ravens an advantage if he was 100 percent healthy, the last thing the team needs is to see him return to the field too early and risk making the injury worse.

Baltimore is in the perfect position to earn one of the top two seeds in the AFC as they head into Week 13 as they prepare for a key Sunday matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the moment, the Ravens are just one games back of the Houston Texans for the No. 1 seed in the AFC and if Lewis is able to return for the playoffs, it would give them an advantage in the postseason.

However, the key factor here is making sure Lewis doesn’t return to the field faster than he should. As one of the most competitive players in the league, there’s no question Lewis is going to do whatever it takes to get back on the field as quickly as possible–which is why Baltimore needs to be extra cautious.

The playoffs already seem to be a lock for the Ravens, so the team needs to be smart and just hold off on bringing Lewis back for the playoffs instead of the regular season.

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