Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/26/12
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is expected to miss the remainder of the year with a torn triceps, could return later this season, Yahoo! Sports reported Monday. Lewis was placed on injured reserve in mid-October after he sustained the injury against the Dallas Cowboys, but with the designated-for-return label. That means he could be back on the field playing at some point this season. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been rehabilitating away from the Ravens' training complex and following his surgeon's advice as far as his recovery plan. More than six sources told Yahoo! Sports that Lewis could be back as early as Dec. 16 against the Denver Broncos. "At the end of the day, you're gonna see Ray Lewis again," linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said. "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." Lewis gave an inspiring speech to his teammates before Sunday's 16-13 victory over the San Diego Chargers that extended Baltimore's lead in the AFC North to three games at 9-2. Lewis, who attended the game and cheered from the sidelines, would not confirm his plans to return. "You've got eyes," he said. "What do you expect to happen? I'm here to support my team." A source close to Lewis told Yahoo! Sports that Lewis, 37, has aggressively treated his triceps injury with a variation of the platelet-rich plasma therapy that helped former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward return from a knee sprain to play in Super Bowl XLIII. Lewis could return to practice Thursday, according to the source. That is the day he is eligible to return from the IR. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome would not rule out Lewis coming back this season. "We'll see in another couple of weeks," he said. "Stay tuned." Coach John Harbaugh said Lewis returning this season is a possibility. "We can't put Ray out there until he's ready to win those battles," he said. "But if it can be done, yes, we want to do it." Linebacker Terrell Suggs also believes Lewis can return this year. Suggs made a quicker-than-usual recovery from a torn Achilles tendon a month ago. His return came less than six months after surgery, but he was expected to be out a year. "When I got hurt I asked the doctors, 'How long do I have to sit out?' " Suggs said. "They said, 'Well, the earliest most people come back from this is nine months, but it's usually a year.' I just chose not to accept that. I had to get back. We came so close last year. We're on the brink of something big. I didn't want to leave the job undone."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Manfred blames MLBPA for no significant rule changes in 2017

Report: Zach Britton has potential oblique injury

The Rock returns to WWE, leaves CM Punk a voicemail after 'Raw'

After outfield collision, Ichiro pranks teammate and claims he’s been cut

Simeon Rice gets vulgar with radio host over HOF debate

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ronda Rousey to be guest star on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

Lakers replace Jim Buss with Magic Johnson, fire Kupchak

Report: James Harrison, Steelers share mutual interest in 2017 return

Jimmy Garoppolo’s mom keeping him up to speed on his trade rumors

Report: Clippers intent on keeping both Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Slam dunks and startups: How all-star technology took over the NBA in The Big Easy

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker