Last week, the Baltimore Ravens opted to hold Ray Lewis out of another week of game action. This week could be a different story.
Team sources told The Baltimore Sun the Ravens expect the 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker to try to play in Sunday's pivotal matchup against the New York Giants. The Ravens have until Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to add Lewis to the 53-man roster. The team won't have a final decision until Saturday afternoon.
Lewis, 38, has been sidelined since Week 7 with torn triceps, but he has been practicing with the team for the last three weeks. He is on injured reserve under the designated-to-return tag.
Lewis no longer is an elite player, but the Ravens -- losers of three in a row -- certainly could use the shot in the arm that would come with the return of their emotional leader. The team is 4-4 without Lewis this season and 21-20 in games he has missed during his 17-year NFL career.
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