Ravens' analyst Brad Jackson on Ray Lewis being sidelined for Giants game
Lewis, who has been eligible to come back as early as last week, isn’t ready because of triceps surgery he had in October.
Saturday, before the 4 p.m. deadline to activate Lewis, the Ravens instead moved Adrian Hamilton from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and officially ended the season of linebacker Jameel McClain (spine contusion) by putting him on the injured list.
Hamilton, a rookie free agent, was released by the Dallas Cowboys after training camp.
Lewis not returning shouldn’t be a major surprise. His injury takes four months to heal properly and the Ravens already have clinched a playoff berth, though they've yet to win the AFC North.
If the Ravens wait until the playoffs start, that would give Lewis about three full months. His right arm shows a surgical scar on the elbow where the triceps tendon had to be re-attached and it has severe atrophy.
The Ravens have lost three games in a row, including two at home, and the 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos last week was a low point. They have been without Lewis, McClain, Dannell Ellerbe and a less-than-100% Terrell Suggs (biceps).
Lewis told baltimoreravens.com this week: "We need some momentum right now. Momentum is real in life and in football. Good things lead to good things. Bad can lead to more bad. We’re giving effort, but it hasn’t been rewarded over the last three games. Look what those young lions did on defense in the first half against Denver. Three-and-outs against Peyton Manning! That was real."