According to a team source, Baltimore Ravens future Hall-of-Fame linebacker Ray Lewis will not only return to action this season, but will do so on Dec. 16 when the Ravens host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Lewis suffered a torn triceps muscle during Baltimore’s 31-29 week six victory over the Dallas Cowboys and at the time the injury was thought to be season ending.
On Wednesday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh had the following to say regarding Lewis and his possible return this season: “He is not imminent to return to play (in a game) or anything like that, so to me it’s really a nonstory. He’ll go out there when he’s ready to practice when the elbow holds up. And when that happens, we’ll let you know.”
Dec. 16 is the first day that Lewis is eligible to play after being placed on the Ravens injured reserve/designated to return list. He was also eligible to practice on Thursday, but the 13-time Pro Bowler did not. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is not only a major cog in the Ravens defense but is also the team’s most inspirational player as well as their team leader, so getting Lewis back this season should do wonders for Baltimore’s Super Bowl aspirations.
If Lewis can regain his timing on the field in the Ravens’ three games that they have remaining on their schedule after he returns, then it will make Baltimore that much tougher to knock off when the postseason starts in January.