Ray Lewis returns to practice, out for Sunday

12/5/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice on Wednesday, less than two months after undergoing surgery to repair a complete tear to his right triceps.
Although Ray Lewis’ torn triceps were initially considered to be a season-ending injury, the 17-year veteran hopes to play again this season, with the team expecting him to return by Week 15. But for now, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was clear that Ray Lewis won’t be playing in Sunday’s key matchup against the Washington Redskins.
 “He (can’t) play on Sunday, and I don’t know if he’d be ready to play physically anyway,” said John Harbaugh about the possibility of Ray Lewis starting against the Washington Redskins. “This will be part of his rehab, and we’ll just see how he does. When the time comes and he’s ready to play, we’ll let you know… but that’s not something that’s going to happen this week, and I don’t know when that’s going to happen.”
Ray Lewis tore his right triceps in the third quarter of 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. After almost immediately undergoing surgery to repair the torn triceps, Ray Lewis was placed on the designated-to-return injured reserve, sidelining him for eight weeks. Ray Lewis was eligible to return for practice last Thursday and could play his earliest game when the Baltimore Ravens host the Denver Broncos on 16th December.
"I'm making progress and will practice some today. But, the story shouldn't be about me right now. We're playing the Redskins Sunday, and I am not eligible to play,” Ray Lewis released in statement through the team following Wednesday’s practice. “If I can help prepare my team in some way for that game, I will. When I know I will play in a game, or when I play in game, I will say more then.”
"For right now, I am excited to be back on the field, and I do plan to play again this season,” continued Ray Lewis. “We'll see how I continue to progress from here."
Although Ray Lewis won’t be available against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the Pro Bowler’s teammates were still pleased to have him at practice on Wednesday.
"Ray is the ultimate competitor. He brings passion, energy, leadership…It's significant any time you have Ray Lewis in, to be able to give information to any of the players,” said Baltimore Ravens  linebacker Jameel McClain. “(But) how much farther it goes is on Ray and everyone else. Having him here and having his veteran leadership is big for the organization."
Meanwhile, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs will try to play through torn biceps in his right arm on Sunday. Terrell Suggs sustained the injury in last week’s 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens have listed Terrell Suggs as a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs also missed six early season games due to a partially torn Achilles tendon sustained in the offseason.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith also returned to Wednesday’s practice after missing the last four games following a mid-November surgery for sports hernia. Jimmy Smith’s status for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins hasn’t been set yet.
The No.1 AFC North seed Baltimore Ravens (9-3) are for the first time on a two-game lead over the divisional rivals Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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