OWINGS MILLS - Ravens rookie defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore practiced Wednesday for the first time as a Raven.
Lewis-Moore, a sixth-round pick, had been sidelined since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the national championship game in January while at Notre Dame.
Lewis-Moore remains on the non-football injury list and Baltimore has three weeks from Wednesday to decide whether to activate Lewis-Moore to its 53-man roster.
"We'll see how he holds up," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "He looks good physically, and we'll have three weeks then to make a determination about whether he will go on the active roster."
Lewis-Moore said his knee "feels great" but said he doesn't have any expectations as far as when he will be ready to play in a game.
"I know I'm going to be really rusty out there, so I've got to knock some rust off," Lewis-Moore said. "It's been since January since I last put on pads or did anything football-related, and I'm excited to get out there and do something."
BACK TO WORK: Cornerback Asa Jackson returned to practice for the Ravens Wednesday, although he remains on the reserve-suspended list.
Baltimore has until Monday to activate Jackson. But especially with starting cornerback Jimmy Smith banged up, Harbaugh said Monday that Jackson could potentially help depth-wise against the Bengals this weekend.
OUT OF ACTION: Smith, inside linebacker Daryl Smith and wide receiver Brandon Stokley all missed practice Wednesday.
Jimmy Smith is dealing with a groin strain he suffered against the Browns on Sunday.
Daryl Smith has a thigh injury. Stokley has dealing with a thigh injury for several weeks.
Wide receiver Marlon Brown was limited in practice because of a finger injury.
Left guard Kelechi Osemele (back) did not practice and has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Harbaugh said Monday that Osemele is going to undergo back surgery and will be placed on injured reserve.
NEARING A RETURN: Tight end Dennis Pitta has yet to return to practice from the hip injury he suffered during training camp, but Harbaugh said Wednesday that Pitta is "closer than ever" to returning.
Harbaugh acknowledged during October that Pitta was "on schedule" at that point to return to game action by the end of November but said at the time that he would know more when he sees how Pitta looks during a practice.
"When we talked about that time frame, that was a long time ago," Harbaugh said. "Everything I've been told is that he is on schedule, but I think it's still pretty vague and generic. We are getting close to that date.
"I'm interested to hear when he can start practicing again. I've been asking that question. I haven't gotten a yes yet."
CLAIM DENIED: Ravens safety James Ihedigbo denied accusations from Browns wide receiver Greg Little that Ihedigbo choked him while the two were at the bottom of a pile during Sunday's game between Baltimore and Cleveland.
Moments after the alleged choke, Little ripped Ihedigbo's helmet off and tossed it Kyle Turley-style down the field.
He was flagged for a personal foul after doing that. He was flagged for another personal foul later after taunting Ihedigbo on the sideline following a catch.
"I guess he's looking back on him losing his cool and saying what took place that didn't take place," Ihedigbo said. "I mean, the refs would have seen it. Other players would have seen it. And I would have been punished for the play as well. That didn't take place. He lost his cool, threw my helmet and therefore the penalty was given on him.
"To sit back here and say now that all this other stuff happened and it's Wednesday and the game was played on Sunday is kind of ridiculous to me. So, it definitely looks to me ... like he knows that he lost his cool and doesn't want the league to take it out on him and fine him for throwing my helmet, so this is what kind of has come of it."