Ravens devoid of emotion in Lewis' final practice

Ravens devoid of emotion in Lewis' final practice
February 1, 2013, 5:45 pm

NEW ORLEANS -- For a team that thrives on emotion, the Ravens showed little when Ray Lewis finished his final practice Friday, as every active player fully participated.

Saturday, the Ravens will have a walk-through which isn't really a practice, but this 65-minute session ended with barely a whimper.

Running back Ray Rice, who has a locker next to Lewis and who regards himself as a “son” to the 17-year linebacker, wore Lewis' No. 52 jersey.

After Sunday’s Super Bowl vs. the San Francisco 49ers, Lewis will retire.

“I didn't even think of it,’’ said Ravens coach John Harbaugh before boarding the bus for a short ride back to his team’s downtown hotel. “That’s not where Ray’s head is either, I’m sure. He’s thinking about the game. We all are.’’

The Ravens, who lost four of their last five regular-season games and hampered by injuries particularly on defense, are the healthiest they've ever been.

No one was limited, and that includes linebacker Dannell Ellerbe who has been playing with a bulging disk in his back.

The Ravens were uncharacteristically carefree all week with the worldwide media. But Harbaugh is satisfied with his team's preparation and focus.

“A-plus-plus. We’re at the stage where we’re clicking on all cylinders and practicing very, very well. We've had a few assignment errors, but they've been corrected right away. I’m very pleased with how the week has gone,” he said.

Fourteen players were listed on the injury report, but all were probable: Ellerbe (toe, back), Lewis (triceps), WR Tandon Doss (ankle), CB Asa Jackson (thigh), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), DE Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), RB Bernard Pierce (knee, thigh), TE Dennis Pitta (thigh), WR David Reed (thigh), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles, biceps)

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