NEW ORLEANS - After 17 seasons of practices and preparation, linebacker Ray Lewis is down to one light Saturday workout and one more game, the Super Bowl on Sunday, before his career comes to a close.
Lewis and the Ravens held their final full practice of the week on Friday at the New Orleans Saints’ practice facility.
All that’s left in terms of preparation is a short walk-through on Saturday.
According to a pool reporter, running back Ray Rice wore Lewis’ No. 52 while the linebacker wore a No. 1 jersey with no name on it, continuing a Friday tradition dating back to 2001.
Coach John Harbaugh didn’t make a big deal out of the fact that it was Lewis’ final practice, and possibly the last one for 15-year veteran Matt Birk.
“I didn’t even think of it,” Harbaugh told the pool reporter. “That’s not where Ray’s head is either, I’m sure. He’s thinking about the game. We all are.”
The Ravens and 49ers continued sharing the same practice facility for the second day in a row. This time, Baltimore went first and San Francisco second.
The Ravens again had full participation and neither team listed anyone as out, doubtful or questionable on the final injury report of the season.
Baltimore did list 14 players as probable: wideout Tandon Doss (ankle), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (toe, back), cornerback Asa Jackson (thigh), fullback Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), Lewis (triceps), defensive end Albert McClellan (shoulder), defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), running back Bernard Pierce (knee, thigh), tight end Dennis Pitta (thigh), wideout David Reed (thigh), safety Ed Reed (shoulder), cornerback Jimmy Smith (abdomen) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (achilles, biceps).
Harbaugh praised the Ravens’ work over their final week of practice leading up to the biggest game most members of the team have ever played.
“It was an A-plus. A-plus-plus,” he said. “We’re at the stage where we’re clicking on all cylinders and practicing very, very well. We’ve had a few assignment errors, but they’ve been corrected right away. I’m very pleased with how the week has gone.”
According to the pool reporter, Harbaugh gathered the players at midfield after practice and thanked them “for how hard they’ve worked both this week and this season, and for who they are.
“Family, we love ‘em, but they’re not playing in the game. Only the players are, and they need to be at their best Sunday at 6:30.”