Back in Week 6 in the win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Baltimore Ravens lost the heart and soul of their defense with veteran linebacker Ray Lewis going down with a torn triceps injury. The injury was considered severe enough to keep Lewis out for the rest of the season and perhaps ending his career in the NFL altogether, but that didn’t turn out to be the case with Lewis expected to return in Week 15 against the Denver Broncos.
Unfortunately, Lewis was unable to go against the Broncos and also missed last week’s matchup against the New York Giants. The Ravens were able to split the two games against the Broncos and Giants resulting in winning the AFC North division title, but desperately want to get Lewis back on the field to lead the defense alongside Ed Reed.
Reportedly, Lewis has been activated by the team heading into Week 17 against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals, but the one-time Super Bowl champion won’t be playing according to Pete O’Brien of USA Today:
The Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is back on the active roster.
But that doesn’t mean the Pro Bowler is a sure bet to be recovered enough from his triceps injury to play in the postseason.
Coach John Harbaugh already ruled him out for this week’s road trip against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Although Lewis is officially activated, the Ravens might not be able to get him back on the field in time for the playoffs. Baltimore currently holds the fourth seed in the AFC and regardless of the outcome against the Bengals, that won’t change.
The Ravens will go head-to-head against Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium in the first round with Lewis’ status still up in the air. Baltimore will more than likely be favored to come out on top in this matchup, but the Colts are a team riding on pure emotion right now with head coach Chuck Pagano returning to the sidelines in Week 17 against the Houston Texans.
With that being said, anything can happen come playoff time and the Ravens will hope to have their defensive leader back on the field to face the Colts.