For a long time, Ravens rookie defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore has accepted that he'll probably spend his entire rookie season rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee.

The sixth-round draft pick from Notre Dame is on the non-football injury list and could spend the season on injured reserve after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Alabama during the BCS national championship game.

"I don't want to rush anything," Lewis-Moore said. "There's no use trying to get back on the field and maybe tear it again and then you're done for your career. I want to wait until my knee gets healthy and learn from all the vets.

"All I can do is what the trainers tell me to do. I'm coming in every day rehabbing my tail off. I'm in the film room and the meetings. I'm doing everything I can do."

This shapes up as the equivalent of a medical redshirt year for Lewis-Moore, who has a history of knee problems after detaching the medial collateral ligament in his right knee two seasons ago against USC.

When the Ravens drafted Lewis-Moore, that was the expectation for the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder.

"He's a guy that we're going to bring along and rehab," general manager Ozzie Newsome said after drafting Lewis-Moore. "If we get something out of him in 2013, it's a plus."

Lewis-Moore recorded 180 career tackles and a dozen sacks for the Fighting Irish and is regarded as a promising player if he's able to get his knee healthy.

"Yeah, it's difficult," said Lewis-Moore, who had 40 tackles, 8 1/2 for losses, six sacks and two forced fumbles last season.. "I'm just trying to soak up everything I can from the veterans and learn as much as possible."

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