However, team officials are aware that Lewis is extremely unlikely to return since it was a complete tear for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and normally takes six months to recover from.
"Ray Lewis is going to be put on the designated to return list that is new to the NFL this year," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "So, he will not count against our 53 during that period of time. I think that's a minimum of six weeks. I have no idea, we have no idea, whether that time frame has anything to do with him, the injury is obviously a very serious injury. We've got an opportunity to leave the door open and we'll see how it goes moving forward. We really don't know anything more than that."
Later, Harbaugh acknowledged it's a matter of if Lewis comes back this season, not when.
Lewis hasn't said if he'll retire or come back to play next season. He's under contract through the 2015 season and has a $7.3 million salary-cap figure for 2012.
"You replace him with 53 guys," Harbaugh said. "Ed Reed is a tremendous leader. We have some tremendous leaders. Ray is still with us. He'll be around."
Meanwhile, starting cornerback Lardarius Webb will have surgery either today or Thursday with Dr. James Andrews scheduled to conduct the procedure to fix the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his left knee.
Webb has already been placed on injured reserve and replaced in the starting lineup by former first-round draft pick Jimmy Smith.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun