Ray Lewis returns to practice

Once thought to be lost for the season following surgery, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice Wednesday afternoon.

Lewis suffered torn right triceps late in Baltimore's Oct. 14 win over the Cowboys. He was placed on injured reserve, but utilizing new NFL rules, the team designated him to return before the end of the season.

Lewis is making strides toward getting back, but he isn't eligible to play this week in Washington. However, he will be permitted to play next week against the Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium, if he's able.

Lewis issued a statement about his return to practice:

"I'm making progress and will practice some today. But the story shouldn't be about me right now. We're playing the Redskins Sunday, and I am not eligible to play. 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.

"For right now, I am excited to be back on the field, and I do plan to play again this season. We'll see how I continue to progress from here."