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Ray Lewis reportedly will return to Ravens this season

When the Baltimore Ravens lost Ray Lewis to a torn triceps last month, many wondered if the celebrated 37-year-old linebacker would ever play again. Those questions should never have been asked.

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports cited more than a half a dozen sources to report Lewis is expected to return this season, possibly in time for the team's Dec. 16 home date with the Denver Broncos.

Lewis is treating his injury with a form of platelet-rich plasma therapy, according to a source close to the linebacker. The source added that Lewis is almost certain to return sometime next month. He's reportedly eligible to practice as soon as Thursday after coming off the injured reserve/designated to return list.

"I would say it's possible," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told Silver. "We can't put Ray out there until he's ready to win those battles. But if it can be done, yes, we want to do it."

Harbaugh labeled Lewis a "walking miracle" on the same team that witnessed defensive terror Terrell Suggs return from a torn Achilles' tendon in less than six months.

Lewis already is back among teammates, delivering fire-and-brimstone pregame speeches and asking the 9-2 Ravens to keep the ship afloat until he returns. Asked if that can possibly happen this year, Lewis said, "You've got eyes -- what do you expect to happen?"

At this stage in his grand career, nothing would surprise us.

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