After suffering what some people thought would be a career ending biceps tear, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis may be back before the season ends and be there to help the Ravens try to win another Super Bowl during his tenure with the franchise.
Brendon Ayanbadejo told Yahoo! Sports that you can expect to see Ray Lewis back in the Ravens lineup before the end of this season.
“At the end of the day, you’re gonna see Ray Lewis again,” said Ayanbadejo. ”For the greatest player in Ravens history to be able to return from this injury and come on this championship run with us? When he was said to be down and out? Man, that’s critical mass. When he comes through that tunnel, that’s gonna be the earthquake and the tsunami.”
Ayanbadejo isn’t the only on in the Ravens organization that believes Lewis will be back sooner than expected. G.M. Ozzie Newsome and head coach Jim Harbaugh both believe that we will see Lewis back in the foreseeable future, but the return of the future Hall of Famer is likely contingent on where the Ravens end up in the playoff hunt.
Right now Baltimore is 9-2 an a game behind the Houston Texans for the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Directly behind the Ravens sit the New England Patriots at 8-3 and then the Broncos at 7-4, so the breathing room is tight and the race to the finish even tighter. With five games left in the season, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Ravens could end up in the first round of the AFC playoffs.
Ray Lewis and his return not only would boost the Ravens esteem, but his presence without a doubt makes the Ravens defense even better.