By Eric Schmidt

Veteran Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis tried to make his case in order to start on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, but he lost his argument. Trying to return from a torn triceps injury, Lewis was not activated by the Ravens last night. The team had until 4p.m. on Saturday in order to activate him and the failure to do so by the Ravens makes him ineligible to play this afternoon.

Lewis tore his triceps on October 14th while playing the Dallas Cowboys. At that point, no one expected him to play again this season and some even questioned whether or not his career might be over. Yet, here we are in week 15 with Lewis preparing to return to the field.

Baltimore hosts the Denver Broncos and veteran QB Peyton Manning on Sunday in a game that has serious playoff implications. Denver is riding an eight-game win streak while the Ravens are trying to halt their two-game losing streak. The return of Lewis would have be welcome news to the Baltimore defense which is struggling at the linebacker position.

Josh Brynes, a undrafted free agent last season, is expected to make the calls on the field for the Ravens defense against the Broncos while Jameel McClain is out with a neck injury and veteran Terrell Suggs is expected to be a game time decision while nursing his torn biceps injury.

Lewis is expected to return next week when the Ravens face another Manning, Eli and the New York Giants.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting early this morning that Suggs will play this afternoon despite his torn biceps.

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