Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis resumes practice
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice today, raising hopes he could yet make a comeback this season after tearing a muscle in his arm.
Lewis was initially expected to be out of action until next year because of a torn triceps he suffered two months ago that needed surgery.
The 37-year-old remains on the team's injured reserve-designation list but said he was on the mend and ready to resume training.
"I'm making progress and will practice some today," he said in a statement.
Lewis gave no indication about when he might return, saying only that he was focussing on helping the Ravens (9-3), who currently lead the AFC North division.
"The story shouldn't be about me right now. We're playing the Redskins Sunday and I am not eligible to play," Lewis said.
"If I can help prepare my team in some way for that game, I will. When I know I will play in a game, or when I play in game, I will say more then."
Meanwhile, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says he will be a game-time decision as he aims to recover from a torn right biceps to play against the Washington Redskins.
The five-time Pro Bowl selection, whose start to the 2012 season was hampered by a torn Achilles tendon, suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of their 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"We kind of live by the creed, 'If you can breathe, you can play', but we just got to check it," Suggs, the American Football Conference's defensive player of the year in 2011, told reporters today.
"We got to see how it holds up throughout the week. It will definitely be a game-time decision on Sunday. If it's a possibility I can play, then I'm going to play."
Asked if he been at all worried that the biceps tear could force him to shut down his season, Suggs replied: "That's not an option for me. Definitely, I will continue to line up at some point this season.
"It all depends on when it starts to get better and how much I can really do on it."
Suggs missed six games at the start of the season after tearing an Achilles tendon during the offseason but said he did not feel disheartened following his latest injury.
"I'm in really good spirits about it," the 30-year-old said. "I'm not beat down about it."
The Ravens (9-3) will aim to tighten their grip at the top of the AFC North division when they face the Redskins (6-6) on the road on Monday (NZ time).