The waiting game will continue for Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has learned that Lewis is not expected to return from his triceps tear before the end of the regular season. A return for the playoffs remains a possibility.
The Ravens later announced they will not add Lewis to their 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's pivotal matchup against the New York Giants. It was reported Friday the Ravens were optimistic Lewis would play against the Giants.
The Ravens instead promoted rookie linebacker Adrian Hamilton from the practice squad. Linebacker Jameel McClain has been moved to injured reserve in a corresponding move. It had been speculated Lewis would take the spot of McClain, who has a spinal injury.
On Friday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh opted to reveal little on Lewis' status, saying only that he's "coming along." The team is 4-4 since Lewis exited the lineup following a Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Ravens have lost three in a row.
Some doubt now creeps into the picture regarding Lewis, 38, who's been practicing with the team for three weeks. The Ravens must have legitimate fears Lewis will re-aggravate the injury if he comes back before he's completely ready.
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