Ed Reed talks about Ravens staying focus
So much for the anticipated return of Ray Lewis to inspire a maligned Ravens defense for the second half of the season.
Cornerback Lardarius Webb has been in the locker room recently, on crutches, with his torn knee ligament.
Lewis, however, will be absent while he recovers from a torn triceps last month. Lewis is on the injured list, but he has been designated by the team as possibly being able to return. A new rule allows all NFL teams to tap one player from the injured list who can be re-activated in the event of a fast recovery.
The defense needs all the help it can get, especially Lewis' 17 years of savvy in the film room as new pieces are being shifted seemingly every week.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith has taken Webb's spot in the secondary. Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain have shared Lewis' spot at middle linebacker. Now defensive end Pernell McPhee is out with a thigh injury, missing his first game Sunday when the Ravens won at the Cleveland Browns 25-15.
Players have spoken of being eager to see Lewis back at the facility in Owings Mills, Md., or on the sideline.
Won't happen, at least not anytime soon.
"He's doing well. He probably won't be in the building for a little while," coach John Harbaugh said Monday, after the Ravens improved to 6-2. "He's got a protocol he's following and I can tell you this, he's got the best doctors in the world. ... I fully trust Ray with his rehab now.
"I know he's doing everything he can to get back."