The Baltimore Ravens received a surprise visit from injured star Ray Lewis, who was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list over three weeks ago.
The 17-year veteran linebacker, rehabbing a torn right triceps away from the Ravens' team facility, wasn't expected to return to the team at this juncture of the season. However, Lewis is in town for a scheduled appearance Friday night and decided to catch the Ravens practicing during the day.
Lewis did not speak to the media Friday but released a statement saying he's happy to return to the team.
''I've really missed these guys and the feel of being around the team and in the locker room,'' Lewis said. ''I am focused on rehabbing and getting my arm and body as strong as they can be.
''I will speak in person when I know a little more about my progress. I'm working hard and looking forward to coming back and helping this team. But right now, the focus should be on the guys playing, and I'll be the biggest cheerleader I c...