Carroll County Times

Lewis' status unclear going forward

BALTIMORE - Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Sunday that Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis won't play in the team's regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals as he continues to work back from the torn right triceps he suffered against the Dallas Cowboys in mid-October.

Lewis' status for the playoffs is yet to be determined.

He's practiced each of the last three weeks.

"We'll look at him for the playoffs," Harbaugh said. "It's an injury that is a 12- to 16-week injury. So, if you do the math going back, we thought there was a chance. He's progressing really well. I'm not saying he couldn't have played the last couple of weeks, but it would've been risky to reinjure it."

Harbaugh was asked if there's any chance Lewis may not be available for the playoffs.

"There's always a chance. We can't say right now for sure," Harbaugh said.

NOTE: Ravens safety Ed Reed could face discipline from the NFL after his personal foul during the fourth quarter of Baltimore's win against the New York Giants Sunday.

Reed was penalized after delivering a blow to the upper body of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz immediately following an 11-yard catch along the sideline.

The penalty was Reed's fourth such infraction during the last three years, including his second this season. He was levied a one-game suspension following his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Steelers Emmanuel Sanders in Week 11, although the suspension was later overturned and reduced to a $50,000 fine.