The Ravens had previously expressed some hope that if linebacker Ray Lewis wasn’t going to be able to play in last Thursday night’s game against the 49ers because of a toe injury, he might be able to benefit from an extended rest period and then be able to suit up this Sunday at Cleveland.
That’s the message that head coach John Harbaugh was sticking with today.
“Ray has a sprained toe, turf toe kind of thing, so those are a little more unpredictable,” Harbaugh said. “I’m hopeful. I’ve used that word before. I think he’s got a real good chance (of playing Sunday) but we’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Because of the 10-day window in between the 49ers game and the upcoming Browns game, the Ravens feel that they should be able to get a number of their injured players back this week.
Among those injured players are cornerback Chris Carr (back), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (groin), defensive tackle Arthur Jones (concussion) and Anthony Allen (hamstring).
But while the Ravens are hopeful Lewis will return by Sunday, Harbaugh acknowledged that the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker still might have a ways to go in his recovery.
“The rest part of it is big, the fact that all those guys are going to get an extra three or four days of rest and more time to recover,” Harbaugh said. “Ray’s probably the guy that’s furthest away if you’re going to look at all the guys, but then again, you never know. Ellerbe looks good. Chris Carr looks good. Most of those guys looked good (after getting checked out) Monday.”