It's been a pretty good year for Ravens players recovering from serious injuries. First Terrell Suggs gets back on the field far sooner than expected, and now it appears linebacker Ray Lewis could return before the end of this season as well.
Lewis, who tore his triceps in October, was expected to miss the remainder of the season despite being placed on the designated-to-return injured reserve list. But Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports that Lewis could be back by Week 15 against the Broncos, citing a "half dozen sources" who expect to see the linebacker on the field.
"At the end of the day, you're gonna see Ray Lewis again," linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo told Silver on Sunday. "For the greatest player in Ravens history to be able to return from this injury and come on this championship run with us? When he was said to be down and out? Man, that's critical mass. When he comes through that tunnel, that's gonna be the earthquake and the tsunami."
Silver also reports that Lewis is using platelet-rich plasma therapy to "aggressively" rehab the triceps injury, and the treatment appears to be paying dividends.
GM Ozzie Newsome said to "stay tuned," and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said "it's possible" that Lewis could return earlier than expected.
"I would say it's possible," Harbaugh said. "We can't put Ray out there until he's ready to win those battles. But if it can be done, yes, we want to do it."
Lewis' play has slipped a lot over the past few seasons. That's the by-product of age. But he's still a capable defender physically, and the mental/psychological edge that he brings the Ravens is well worth any deficiencies he might have while playing.
Which explains exactly why everyone around the Ravens is so fired up at the prospect of seeing Lewis on the field before the playoffs even begin.
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