Ravens react to Ray's announcement
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been noncommittal about Ray Lewis’ status for the Ravens’ playoff game Sunday against the Colts. But after Lewis made the surprise announcement Wednesday that this will be his final season – meaning Sunday’s game could be his last – really, is there any chance that he won’t play?
“I don’t think the people I work with will tell me no Sunday,” Lewis said on Wednesday after making his announcement. “We’ve gotten to a great relationship …I trust them, and they trust me. I’ve worked my butt off to get to this point, so there is no reason for me not to be playing Sunday.”
Lewis hasn’t played since Oct. 14, when he suffered a torn triceps muscle against Dallas. The injury was originally thought to be season-ending, but the Ravens used the injured reserve-designated to return status – new this season – on Lewis, keeping the door open for his return.
After an intense 10-week rehabilitation program, Lewis was activated from IR last week and listed as probable for the Cincinnati game, though that was viewed largely as a procedural move so he could be eligible for the playoffs. He was a game-day inactive against the Bengals.
With the Ravens the No. 4 seed in the AFC, they will play on the road in the Divisional Round if they beat the Colts, meaning it’s almost certain Lewis will be playing his final home game on Sunday.
The playoff atmosphere, which already figures to be amped up on Sunday, figures to be magnified a hundredfold.
Lewis, who said he told the team he has “so much peace” with his decision, later said, “I think we all get to enjoy what Sunday will feel like knowing that this will be the last time 52 plays in a uniform in Ravens’ stadium.”