Ray Lewis was not supposed to come back this year. He tore his triceps in Week 6 against the Cowboys, and John Harbaugh referred to that as a season ending injury.
That coupled with the other season ending injury to Ladarius Webb, the Ravens best corner, and it was thought that the Ravens season could be heading in a bad direction.
Unfortunately for Patriots fans, that didn't happen. The Ravens only lost once, to the Houston Texans, and now it seems that Harbaugh spoke too soon on Lewis.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, sidelined with a torn triceps, is expected to return Dec. 16 to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, a team source told ESPN Friday.
Lewis, who is on the injured reserve/designated to return list, is eligible to return to the lineup that day. He was eligible to begin practicing Thursday, but did not.
Of course, the Ravens aren't getting 2001 Ray Lewis back, but it's still Ray Lewis.
For Patriots purposed, the Ravens need to start losing games. The Pats are essentially two games behind Baltimore for a first round bye.
The Ravens have a rough stretch of games left - including at Washington and home for Denver and the New York Giants. Looks like they'll have their legendary hall of fame linebacker for the last two.