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Ravens LB Ray Lewis out till Week 17?

Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 10:27 am
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.

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Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:43 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:42 pm

Ravens LB Ray Lewis out till Week 17?

This is the same injury that ended Jonathan Ogden's career. He kept playing instead of letting his injury heal and that is the reason that his career ended. Ben Grubbs had the same injury earlier in the season and the Ravens kept him out until his toe healed and now he is back and the offense has thrived in his return. Now they have to be smart with Ray Lewis, let his toe heal until he is 100%. The way The Ravens are playing, they don't need him now anyway. They seem to have learned from earlier mistakes, hold the player out until he is healthy.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:17 pm

Ravens LB Ray Lewis out till Week 17?

They seem to keep winning and doing fine without him.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:16 pm

Ravens LB Ray Lewis out till Week 17?

I'm playng in my first IDP (includes Individual Defensive Players) fantasy league this year and picked Ray Lewis as my LB mainly because I'm a Ravens fan.  I was amazed that he was still one of the highest scoring LBs because of some many tackles along with sacks, forced fumbles, interceptions, etc.  He was fantasy scoring almost double the average starter's score!

I've got Terrell Suggs as a backup and he's great when he gets a lot of sacks -like last week- but I'd start Ray over him in a minute if he's back by week 16.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:53 am

Ravens LB Ray Lewis out till Week 17?

Steeler fan to responding to jagwaf_fan

I hope his career doesn't end like Jack Lambert's career ended. A toe injury took one of the toughest Steeler linebackers down. I hope it doesn't do the same to Lewis.

Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:31 am

Ravens LB Ray Lewis out till Week 17?

Too funny!   Do you see the irony in being the first to post and making those comments preemptively?  Thanks for the laugh!  As a Giants fan I would make the same statement about Eagles fans, so I not talking from a moral highground here.

Flacco has to get his act together for the Ravens to advance far.  But that D is still playing impressively well with Lewis watching.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:54 am

Ravens LB Ray Lewis out till Week 17?

Queue ignorant Steelers fan comments about Ray Lewis being a murderer.... now.

You know, for an organization with such a rich and successful history, they sure do have their share of douchebag fans.  It must be the horrible city that they have to live in.  

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