Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Baltimore Ravens injured linebacker Ray Lewis has promised to return to the team but did not clarify whether he was talking about this season or the next.
Lewis, who tore his triceps nearly four weeks ago, made a surprise visit to the team facility Friday, hugging teammates in the locker room and speaking to coach John Harbaugh on the practice field.
“It’s truly great to be back with my teammates,” Lewis said in a statement. “I’ve really missed these guys and the feel of being around the team and in the locker room. I am focused on rehabbing and getting my arm and body as strong as they can be.”
“I will speak in person when I know a little more about my progress. I’m working hard and looking forward to coming back and helping this team. But right now, the focus should be on the guys playing, and I’ll be the biggest cheerleader I can be for them,” he added.
The Ravens have placed Lewis on injured reserve with a designation to return, which means he would be eligible to come back Dec. 12.
It will be unlikely if Lewis will be healthy enough to play in the regular season or the early part of the postseason based on the general recovery period for a torn triceps. However, Lewis can play in the Super Bowl should the Ravens go that far.
Also, there have been questions whether the 38-year-old Lewis would return for an 18th season.
Last summer, Lewis said he couldn’t see playing past the age of 37 and expressed his desire to watch his son, Ray Lewis III, who will be a freshman running back at the University of Miami next fall.