The Baltimore Ravens appear to be turning things around this season, especially on defense. What many people thought was an aging unit incapable of creating big plays is right back to their old tricks. The Ravens possess a three game lead in the AFC North and are currently locked in as the No. 2 seed in the AFC Playoffs. With a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, Baltimore can officially eliminate Pittsburgh from having any chance at winning the division.
But that is not even the bets news they heard all weekend.
It doesn’t even have anything to do with the fact that the Ravens were able to overcome a 13-3 deficit late in the game to win in overtime on the road against the San Diego Chargers. It was nice and all, especially the conversion on 4th and 29 to extend the game. But the best news may be about a player who has not suited up for the team since Week 6 of the 2012 season.
During that game against the Dallas Cowboys, it was feared that Ray Lewis would be lost for the season after tearing his triceps. But just like Terrell Suggs, who also returned from a serious injury much sooner than many would have predicted, the Ravens are holding out hope for Lewis. That is why they placed him on the new designated-to-return injury reserve list. Now, it appears as if that was a wise decision.
Many people close to the team are saying that there is a very good chance that Lewis could return for the ravens’ Week 15 game against the Denver Broncos, which could have seeding implications in the AFC, as both are among the top four teams in the conference. While he may no longer be the same player he was a few years ago, there is no denying the importance of having Lewis on the field for Baltimore.
“At the end of the day, you’re gonna see Ray Lewis again,” linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo told Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports on Sunday. “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.”
I don’t know about all of that, but adding Lewis would be quite a lift for the Ravens as the postseason fastly approaches.