Ravens LB Ray Lewis won't play Sunday

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

UPDATE (4:12 p.m. ET): The Ravens did not activate linebacker Ray Lewis on Saturday (they had to take him off the IR list by 4 p.m. ET in order to ativate him). That means Lewis officially won't play against the Broncos.

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We told you a few weeks ago there were reports Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, out since mid-October with a torn triceps that rightfully should have ended his season (and, maybe, his career), could make his return by this Sunday to face the Broncos.

According to the NFL Network's Michelle Beisner, though, the Ravens are not planning to activate Lewis in time for Sunday's game.

So, that's that for this week.

But it sounds like Lewis could be ready to play by Week 16. And at this point, it seems like he almost certainly will return in the regular season. That would be an amazing recovery from his injury.

Said Lewis earlier this month when he began practicing again: "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 a game, I will say more then."

"At the end of the day, you're gonna see Ray Lewis again," linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said last month. "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."

Though Lewis certainly isn't the same player he once was, his impact on his team, emotionally, if not physically, seemingly would be off the charts when he steps on the field. Even if the Ravens have to wait another week or two for it to happen.

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