Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is expected to have "relatively minor" surgery on his right shoulder, club officials confirmed yesterday.
The NFL's Defensive Player of the Year would not be able to do any heavy lifting for four to six weeks after the operation but should be able to participate in all of the team's minicamps.
An official decision will be made today after Lewis' shoulder is examined by team orthopedic surgeon Leigh Ann Curl. It is not the same shoulder that Lewis had surgically repaired in 2002 and required four months to heal.
To stabilize the right shoulder last season, Lewis wore a harness for the final month. He still finished as the Ravens' leading tackler with 225 stops in addition to recording six interceptions, 13 passes broken up, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Lewis, 28, earned the Associated Press' Defensive Player of the Year award for the second time of his eight-year career and was named to his sixth Pro Bowl.