When Ray Lewis tore his right triceps against the Cowboys and underwent surgery, the reigning AFC North champions didn’t slam the door on his potential return this season.
By placing him on injured reserve-designated for return, the Ravens tellingly bought into the possibility that Lewis could rehab the arm injury and get back on the field sooner than expected.
Now, that’s looking like a more realistic possibility. Yahoo! Sports reported that Lewis, 37, could return to practice as soon as Thursday when he’s eligible to do so, and is angling toward a return as early as the Ravens’ Dec. 16 game against the Denver Broncos. That’s the first game Lewis is eligible to return under the NFL collective bargaining agreement procedures governing players on injured reserve-designated.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, when reached by The Baltimore Sun this morning, said that he hasn’t spoken to any doctors about Lewis but noted that “Thursday is the first day that he is eligible to return to practice and the Denver game is the first game he’s allowed to return to play. That’s the protocol.”
Lewis has been making steady progress in his rehabilitation, diligently rehabilitating his damaged arm and even using a hyberbaric chamber to accelerate the healing process, according to team officials.
Per the Yahoo report, which cited a source close to Lewis, the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been using platelet-rich plasma therapy to return sooner, a similar approach to the one that former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward used to make it back from a knee injury in time for Super Bowl XLIII.