Less than halfway through this season, we all thought Ray Lewis’ career was over. He tore his right triceps on October 14, and it looked like at the very least his season was over. But we all forgot one important detail to this story: we’re talking about Ray Lewis, perhaps the greatest linebacker to play in the NFL in the last 30 years.
There’s no doubt Lewis is in the top 5 when it comes to greatest linebackers ever, and the reason for that is his sheer and utter will to compete at any means necessary. So it’s on us for forgetting who Ray Lewis is and doubting that he’d return this year.
He just won’t return this week.
The Baltimore Ravens failed to activate the future Hall of Famer before the 4pm ET deadline on Saturday. Any player not activated before the league mandated deadline won’t be eligible to play the next day. The strategy for the Ravens is that they can beat the Broncos without Lewis and if they don’t he at the very least has another week to heal.
Ravens fans were hoping to see Lewis back on the field this week, but it’s looking like next week is the set return date. Baltimore is in a bit of a tailspin, and with the Texans stumbling lately, they missed a great opportunity to take control of the AFC. Baltimore isn’t out, but the closer we get to the playoffs, the more relieved the Ravens will be when Lewis comes back.