|Before Week 10, Lewis hadn't missed a game in more than three season. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis hasn't played since Week 10, and there's a chance he won't play for another month. He's been sidelined with a toe injury, one that is taking longer than expected to heal. There was even speculation that Lewis, who came into the league in 1996, might be done for the season.
Details via NFL Network's Jason La Canfora: "I've talked to numerous people in [the Ravens'] organization and they tell me the same thing: they're actually happy he's being prudent and listening to the doctors. Doctors have told him, 'Ray, stay off that thing until at least Week 15. If that game in San Diego looks like it's going to be big, then maybe we evaluate you then.'
"They recalled 2007, [Lewis] had a hamstring problem. He rode a stationary bike for three hours to blood flowing enough to be cleared to play in that game. He tore the hamstring off the bone. That was the end of the season. It's all about a ring there [in Baltimore].
"So if that Week 15 game doesn't really matter for the Ravens so much, and guys like Ellerbe are doing the job, (Lewis) may not go until Week 17 against Cincinnati. If that doesn't matter, maybe the playoffs.
"He will play again this year. They're not concerned about that. It's a matter of when does it make the most sense to get the most out of him."
Prior to Week 10, Lewis, a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer, hadn't missed a game since the 2007 season. The Ravens head into Sunday's matchup against the Browns with an 8-3 record and leading the division.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our RSS Feed.