Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis could make what was once an unthinkable return to the field by Week 15, after the team initially determined he would miss the rest of the season with a torn triceps.
Yahoo Sports' Michael Silver, citing more than six sources, reported Monday that Lewis could come back in as little as three weeks, when the Ravens are set for a showdown at home with the Denver Broncos.
"At the end of the day, you're gonna see Ray Lewis again," linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo told Yahoo's Silver. "For the greatest player in Ravens history to be able to return from this injury and come on this championship run with us? When he was said to be down and out? Man, that's critical mass. When he comes through that tunnel, that's gonna be the earthquake and the tsunami."
Lewis, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome wouldn't outwardly confirm Silver's report. But they did offer speculative hints like "stay tuned" and that it was "possible."
Lewis originally suffered the injury in an October victory over the Dallas Cowboys, during which the Ravens also lost cornerback Lardarius Webb for the season with a torn ACL. Silver, citing a source close to Lewis, reported that he is undergoing a form of platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat the triceps injury.
The Ravens have won four consecutive games and are three games ahead of their closest challengers in the AFC North. They sit one game back of the Houston Texans for the AFC's best record. Lewis had 57 tackles in six games before suffering the injury. And as the team's unquestioned leader, his return would provide a huge boost for a Ravens team that once faced the prospect of playing the rest of the season without three of its biggest defensive stars. Linebacker Terrell Suggs, who was originally thought to be out for the year after an Achilles injury, returned in late October.