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Report: Ray Lewis to return for Ravens Sunday

Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:05 pm
 
By Will Brinson



The Ravens are 4-0 since Ray Lewis was sidelined with a toe injury, but that doesn't mean the team isn't "very hopeful" he'll return for the stretch run. And, according to a report Wednesday, Lewis will be back on the field Sunday night in San Diego.

Lewis, who told reporters he's "feeling way better" Tuesday, is expected to play Sunday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

However, Lewis was non-committal on returning when asked Tuesday at a charity event near Baltimore.

"I'm feeling way better," Lewis said, per the Baltimore Sun. "Way better. I thought I had a good chance the last four weeks to play, but the coaches are going to make those decisions. They're just being smart. I don't mind being smart. The warrior side of me of course is always going to want to get back out there."

The Ravens, at 10-3, are in a dogfight with the Patriots, Texans and Steelers for the top spots in the AFC. And their battle with Pittsburgh is even tougher; both are 10-3 and the difference between winning the division and finishing second can't be overstated -- the fifth seed travels on the road and plays an extra playoff game.

Baltimore also got somewhat lucky with the timing of Lewis' injury, as they played the run-heavy offenses of Cincinnati and San Francisco before beating the neutered attacks of Indy and Cleveland in the last two weeks, each by a score of 24-10.

San Diego, who's in a must-win situation, presents a much more difficult problem for the Baltimore defense, particularly they way they've played the last two weeks.

It was previously believed Lewis could be kept out as long as Week 17, but at the time, the Ravens intimated that if the game against the Chargers was "big" then he could return. Clearly, this qualifies as a "big" game, particularly with the Steelers not playing until Monday.

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Comments

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:31 am
 

Report: Ray Lewis to return for Ravens Sunday

@RavenFever - yeah, I was at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday and the LB speed was up, but we were playing the Colts and I think the game plan was less worried about deep passing and so they more-often-than-usual brought a safety up to be the outside man (to turn the play in toward the middle) and that allowed the Rush & Will linebackers on the strong side if they brought up Pollard or the Sam and Mike linebackers on the weak side if they brought up Ed Reed to play their own blocking/picking/rushing tricks and get into the holes faster.  Suggs and McClain were getting through on the strong side so often that Pollard only had one tackle instead of his usual four - Suggs and McClain had 13 tackles and 3 sacks and the Colts had 50 yds rushing for the whole game.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:45 am
 

Report: Ray Lewis to return for Ravens Sunday

This is good news for the Chargers.



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Report: Ray Lewis to return for Ravens Sunday

It certainly will be great to have Ray back! Did anyone notice.....it seemed the speed in the linebacker corps was up with Ellerbe and McClain filling in for Ray! As great as he has been, his speed is off compared to years gone by. What he has lost in speed, he excells in field generalship and just plain football savvy! Bring on the Chargers and......GO RAVENS!!!Cool



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Report: Ray Lewis to return for Ravens Sunday

We now understand why your rep is "0" and you're certainly an Amatuer!!



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Report: Ray Lewis to return for Ravens Sunday

Hey Angelodinic.....Your such a dick


angelodinic
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:51 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Report: Ray Lewis to return for Ravens Sunday

Welcome back to the field Ray!


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