The Baltimore Ravens were hopeful linebacker Ray Lewis would return sometime during the regular season, but according to NFL Network's Ian Rapport, Lewis will likely not return until the playoffs.
The Ravens have until Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to add Lewis to their 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's pivotal matchup against the New York Giants, but the team doesn't plan to. It was reported Friday the Ravens expected Lewis to suit up against the Giants
Some doubt now creeps into the picture regarding Lewis, 38, who's been practicing with the team for three weeks. The team must have legitimate fears Lewis will re-aggravate the injury if he comes back before he's completely ready.
The Ravens are 4-4 since Lewis suffered torn triceps following a Week 6 win over the Cowboys.
The 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker has been practicing with the team for the last three weeks but coach John Harbaugh has offered little on Lewis's status.
The Ravens are 21-20 in games Lewis has missed over his 17-seasons in the NFL.