Kapron Lewis-Moore

Kapron Lewis-Moore hasn't played since injuring himself in the BCS national title game in January. (Matt Cashore, USA Today Sports / December 17, 2012)

Ravens rookie defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore is returning to practice Wednesday, a sign of progress after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Notre Dame in the BCS national title game against Alabama in January.

Lewis-Moore remains on the reserve non-football injury list, and the Ravens have three weeks to decide whether to place him on the active roster.

The fact that the 6-foot-4, 310-pound player is even practicing shows how far he's come since suffering the injury.

"I feel like I'm pretty ready," Lewis-Moore said. "There's a lot of rust I got to knock off because I haven't been able to do anything for nine 10 months. I just got to knock some rust off and work on my craft.

"My progress is going good. My rehab is going great. My leg feels great. My big thing is knocking some rust off and I'm excited. The leg is stronger, yeah."

Lewis-Moore was a sixth-round draft pick. He had 40 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles last season as a senior for the Fighting Irish.

"It's pretty cool," Lewis-Moore said. "Basically, I haven't been out there. I just want to do my best show what I can do a little bit, get out there and have some fun."

The Ravens could use some fresh legs and reinforcements on the defensive line, but it's unclear if Lewis-Moore will be activated or what sort of role he might have once he's ready to play.

"I don't know about that yet," Lewis-Moore said. "When I get out there I'm a bring your lunchpail to work every day guy. I just want to be dependable and do what I'm told."

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