Ravens activate Ray Lewis before season finale

Ravens activate Ray Lewis before season finale
December 26, 2012, 3:45 pm
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The Ravens activated Ray Lewis from the injured reserve--designated for return list, but the linebacker won't be playing in Sunday's season finale in Cincinnati.

The team's web site said that Coach John Harbaugh informed the media that Lewis, despite now being active, is not going to play in the Cincinnati game. The Ravens already have locked up first place in the AFC North.

Cincinnati also has clinched a wild card berth, and the main question is which seed both teams end up with, something that will be determined after Sunday's games.

The Ravens' web site also said that the team needed to make a decision on Lewis' status at this time in order to have the linebacker available for post-season play.

In addition, the team's site said that LaQuan Williams (thigh) was placed on injured reserve to open a spot for Lewis.

Baltimore's group of linebackers have been crushed by injuries this season. Lewis missed most of the year, and now Jameel McClain was recently placed on injured reserve after a spinal contusion. The exact time Lewis will return still isn't known, although Harbaugh said a few days ago that his injury is believed to be a 12-16 week situation. 

Lewis (torn triceps) got injured in the Oct. 14 win over Dallas.