The expectation is that Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis will arrive at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday, test out his ailing toe and do everything that he can to face the San Francisco 49ers in the Harbaugh Bowl.
Lewis, who missed last Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, breaking his streak of 57 consecutive starts, is considered a game-time decision for the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. He was a limited participant in practice for the third straight day and was officially listed as questionable on the injury report.
Asked today about his expectations for Lewis playing, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, "None that I would share. I really don’t know. It’s not like we’ve got some secret that we’re holding back from anybody on any of these guys. We’ve got three, four, five guys that are up in the air. Our biggest issue right now is nicks and bumps and bruises."
Harbaugh did say that "it's been good" to have Lewis back at practice, even on a limited basis. The team’s leading tackler and long-time emotional leader is not Harbaugh’s only injury concern. Lewis’ would-be replacement is questionable as well.
Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring/groin), who started in Lewis’ absence last Sunday, has been limited in practice all week.
Cornerback Chris Carr (back) hasn’t practice much this week and he’s listed as questionable, although he said Tuesday that he expects to face the 49ers. Running back Anthony Allen (hamstring) is questionable while safety Haruki Nakamura (thigh) is probable.
"If you want to make a comparison, [the 49ers are] healthy," Harbaugh said. "We’re not quite as healthy right now, and that’s something we’ll be crossing our fingers for (with) different guys like that.”