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Ray Lewis visits Ravens teammates at practice

Ray Lewis visits Ravens teammates at practice

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens received a surprise visit from injured star Ray Lewis, who was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list over three weeks ago.

The 17-year veteran linebacker, rehabbing a torn right triceps away from the Ravens' team facility, wasn't expected to return to the team at this juncture of the season. However, Lewis is in town for a scheduled appearance Friday night and decided to catch the Ravens practicing during the day.

Lewis did not speak to the media Friday but released a statement saying he's happy to return to the team.

``I've really missed these guys and the feel of being around the team and in the locker room,'' Lewis said. ``I am focused on rehabbing and getting my arm and body as strong as they can be.

``I will speak in person when I know a little more about my progress. I'm working hard and looking forward to coming back and helping this team. But right now, the focus should be on the guys playing, and I'll be the biggest cheerleader I can be for them.''

The visit surprised coach John Harbaugh, who acknowledged he was unaware Lewis would be stopping by. Following Friday's practice, Lewis gave one of his signature speeches to help motivate his team for Sunday's game against Oakland.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who came back from an Achilles tear three weeks ago, said Lewis let them know he's preparing to come back later this season as long as the Ravens can make a playoff run.

``It's great to see the leader, the general of your army, out there,'' Suggs said. ``He let us know he's on pace to come back. If we handle business he'll be back in a Ravens uniform this year. We have to do our part, though.''

Through six games, Lewis recorded 57 tackles, which is still second-best on the roster and only behind safety Bernard Pollard. After the injury, Lewis was replaced in the starting lineup by Dannell Ellerbe, who's led the Ravens in tackles the past two games with nine in each contest.

Lewis is eligible to return to practice after six weeks and game action after eight weeks.

Though Suggs seemed optimistic based on Lewis' words in his post-practice speech, Harbaugh said the organization doesn't have a timetable yet for when Lewis could return.

``There's no way for us to know enough about how far along he is or how he's doing,'' Harbaugh said. ``We'll just have to see how it goes, in all honesty.''

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Ravens Injury Report: Joe Flacco remains questionable for Sunday

Ravens Injury Report: Joe Flacco remains questionable for Sunday

After missing two practices this week to rest a sore right shoulder, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets but returned to practice on Friday. Seven Ravens, including several starters, also are listed as doubtful or out.

Linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and C.J. Mosley (thigh) both have been ruled out for the second straight game. It will be Dumervil's fifth missed game this season.

In additon, the Ravens are likely to be without receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle) and guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) for the second straight game. They are both listed as doubtful and did not practice all week. Linebacker Terrell Suggs, who injured his biceps against the Giants last week, is also doubtful, as are safety Kendrick Lewis (thigh) and cornerback Shareece Wright (thigh).

Also questionable is cornerback Jimmy Smith (concussion), who was a limited participant in practice all week. A team official said he still must pass another concussion protocol test before being cleared to play Sunday.

Rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who has missed the past three games with a foot injury, was a full participant in practice this week and is listed as questionable.

Kick returner Devin Hester (thigh), who missed last week's game and the first two practices this week, returned to practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. Others listed as questionable are receiver Kamar Aiken (thigh) and cornerback Jerraud Powers (thigh).

For the Jets, starting offensive linemen Nick Mangold (knee) and Ryan Clady (shoulder) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) are all questionable. Wilkerson did not practice Friday, and his

Here are the final injury reports for both teams.


OUT: LB Elvis Dumervil (foot), LB C.J. Mosley (thigh)

DOUBTFUL: S Kendrick Lewis (thigh), WR Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), CB Shareece Wright (thigh), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

QUESTIONABLE: WR Kamar Aiken (thigh), QB Joe Flacco (shoulder), KR Devin Hester (thigh), CB Jerraud Powers (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (concussion), T Ronnie Stanley (foot)


OUT: TE Braedon Bowman (knee), LB Darron Lee (ankle), OL Brent Qvale (neck), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle)


QUESTIONABLE: T Ryan Clady (shoulder), C Nick Mangold (knee), DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)

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Ravens QB Joe Flacco returns to practice Friday

Ravens QB Joe Flacco returns to practice Friday

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who missed two practices this week with a sore right shoulder, returned to the practice field on Friday, increasing the likelihood that he will play against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Flacco made his usual throws in the brief period of practice open to the media, warming up and then making throws of 10 to 15 yards. He didn't show any discomfort and appeared to have plenty of velocity from his arm.

Coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal about Flacco's availability for Sunday, and the official injury report will come out later Friday.

"We'll see," Harbaugh said after Friday's light workout. "We'll see how he responds tomorrow. He was out there running around a little bit, throwing the ball a little bit, so we'll see what happens."

After missing Wednesday's practice, Flacco said he just needed to rest his sore throwing shoulder but hoped to play on Sunday. He also sat out Thursday's workout.

“It is not about being pain free," Flacco said Wednesday. "You can deal with a little pain. It is just about making sure you can throw the ball good enough to go out there and help your team.”

Flacco was receiving treatment after practice on Friday and not available to the media.

Tight end Dennis Pitta said after practice Friday that Flacco "looked good. He was throwing the ball well and didn't seem to be in any kind of pain. ... We're excited to have him back out there for sure."

Pitta, who customarily warms up with Flacco early in practice, said, "It was walkthrough tempo, but just throwing with him, he had good zip on the ball, good velocity, so we should see the same old Joe Flacco."

Behind a Ravens offensive line that has started four different combinations in the past four games, Flacco has taken a pounding this year. He has been sacked 13 times and hit 42 times. Flacco played the entire game against the New York Giants last week and said he felt the shoulder injury afterward.

If Flacco is not able to play, Ryan Mallett would be in line to start. He started the final two games for the Ravens last season after Flacco suffered a season-ending knee injury, going 1-1 in those games.

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