The Ravens know they’ve got to put licks on Robert Griffin III in hopes of discouraging him from running wild for the Washington Redskins.
But linebacker Ray Lewis, who is out with a triceps tear and isn’t eligible to return until Dec. 16, won’t be on the field Sunday. And there’s a good chance that the other All-Pro linebacker, Terrell Suggs, won’t be either with a biceps tear. Suggs, aka Sizzle, was injured in last week's game.
Lewis is in his 17th season and these teams meet in the regular season once every four years.
"You always respect your opponent, and the Ravens have a very good defense -- a great defense -- and Ray Lewis is part of that," Griffin said. "And whether he’s playing or not, he’s still part of that. He still pumps those guys up and gets them ready for game day. … It’s unfortunate that I don’t get the chance to play against Ray. .. I feel bad that I get to miss out on that."
Griffin did see Suggs, who practiced for the first time Thursday and said he'll make the decision on game day, earlier in the week. Both were courtside for the Washington Wizards’ upset of the Miami Heat at Verizon Center.
They didn’t talk.
"I wanted to get a chance to talk to him, but security got me out of the game pretty quick," Griffin said. "He’s another guy that you respect for what he’s done for the game. … So if he doesn’t get to play, I’ll feel bad that I get to miss out on that as well. I know a lot of quarterbacks would probably celebrate because he is one of the more fierce defenders in the league. But I feel like … you want the best out there from every team."