The Baltimore Ravens have activated linebacker Ray Lewis and added him to the 53-man-roster well in time for Sunday’s Week 17 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yet although they have activated him, the Ravens will not consider playing Lewis in a game with little meaning, as Baltimore has already clinched the AFC North.
Granted, with a win on Sunday coupled with a loss by the New England Patriots, the Ravens could improve from the No. 4 seed to the No. 3 seed. But that is nowhere near worth the risk of playing Lewis this week, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
“We will not look at him again for this week,” Harbaugh told reporters. “It’s an injury that is a 12- to 16-week injury. So, if you do the math going back, we thought there was a chance. He is progressing really well. I’m not saying he couldn’t have played the last couple of weeks, but it would’ve been risky to re-injure it. The fact that there was some patience on Ray’s part and our part, it turned out well.”
Baltimore will host a wild card game whether they win or lose on Sunday, and face either the Bengals or Indianapolis Colts in the first round. That game will either take place on January 5 or January 6, depending on how the other matchups play out following this Sunday’s games.