By Eric Schmidt

Will the Baltimore Ravens activate LB Ray Lewis this week against the New York Giants? Lew is was thought to have been ready to play last week but the Ravens failed to activate the veteran linebacker with the thought being that the team was holding him out for one more week in order to be ready to go against the Giants. That line of thinking seems to resonate with New York head coach Tom Coughlin.

When asked by the media about the possibility of Lewis playing on Sunday, Coughlin replied, “I would expect that he would be made active. That’s what I anticipated. It’s not my call, but that’s what I thought.”

A return to the field by Lewis could be the emotional lift that the Ravens are in need of. Baltimore is in the midst of a late-season slide, dropping the last three games to Pittsburgh, Washington and last week to the Denver Broncos. With a win over the Giants, the Ravens would secure the AFC North division title.

The addition of Lewis would also help to add some much needed help to the depleted Baltimore linebacking corps. Fellow veteran LB Terrell Suggs is battling a torn biceps muscle. Jameel McClain has been lost for the season with a spine injury and fellow linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has been battling an ankle injury for the last three weeks.The Ravens have been known for it’s staunch defense, but the unit has struggled this season, ranking 22ns against the run and 26th against the pass.

Lewis is returning from a torn triceps injury. When Lewis originally suffered the injury, many pundits speculated that the injury might end Lewis’ career. His return to the field this season is a remarkable achievement.

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