Ravens hoping for return of Lewis and Suggs this week

Ravens hoping for return of Lewis and Suggs this week
December 10, 2012, 8:00 pm
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On a day that was filled with mostly bad news, there were a few nuggets of good that came from the Ravens Monday.

Coach John Harbaugh, speaking at a press conference where many questions involved the day's dismissal of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, said that linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs both have chances to play in Sunday's big home match-up against Broncos.

The presence of Lewis and Suggs, both suffering from arm injuries, would be a big plus since Peyton Manning is the quarterback and has turned Denver into a pretty good team pretty quickly. 

Lewis has been out since Week 6 (triceps) but somehow made it back rather quickly. Suggs already surprised a lot of people with his return from an Achilles injury and surgery, hurt his biceps in the Pittsburgh game last week. He's the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and Lewis is headed to the Hall of Fame -- but they've yet to be on the field together this season. 

Their return could be a big lift to a Baltimore defense that could use one right about now. 

Injuries have crushed the Ravens on defense this season. They lost Jameel McClain (neck) on Sunday, and he joined Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Lewis, Suggs and others on the bench. That's a big reason for the team's defensive problems this season.

Even if Lewis and Suggs aren't at their best, they'll give the defense a boost. Good leaders who've been around the block will help the team. Truth be told, even the return of one of them will help the defense. 

The Ravens have had troubles stopping the run and the pass and couldn't hold late leads in each of the last two games, big reasons they're on a two-game losing streak for the first time in three years. Suggs and Lewis coming back would make this a much stronger defense.