Ravens get early Christmas present if Ray Lewis returns soon
By By Kevin Cowherd
The Baltimore Sun|
Nov 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM
When things break right for the Ravens, they really break right.
Less than 24 hours after their most exciting win of the season -- the 16-13 overtime victory over San Diego highlighted by Ray Rice's electrifying (and game-saving) 30-yard catch-and-run in the waning moments of the fourth quarter -- there seems to be more good news radiating from the Under Armour Performance Center.
Did you see how fired up he was when the team finally started playing well in the second half and the defense made a number of heroic stands with the game on the line?
As each defensive player left the field, the CBS cameras captured him getting an arm-lock or a high-five or a fist bump from the Ravens' emotional and spiritual leader. (Paul Kruger got a head-rattling smack on the helmet and beamed like he'd just hit the Lotto jackpot.)
Now multiply that excitement and focus ten-fold and you have a sense of what it's like for the rest of the Ravens to have No. 52 stomping and snorting and battling on the field alongside them.
Maybe Lewis is trying to show that Terrell Suggs isn't the only Raven who can make a seemingly miraculous return from a devastating injury weeks ahead of schedule.
It's no surprise the man would throw himself into rehabbing his injury with all the fury and dedication he's brought to the middle linebacker position for 17 seasons.
And maybe the fact he's embraced alternative medical techniques – a hyperbaric chamber and platelet-rich plasma therapy, to name two – has helped speed his recovery, too.
Whatever the case, the Ravens have to be thrilled to hear Lewis could be back soon. His pre-game speech to the team before Sunday's game – heavy on hope, faith and love, John Harbaugh said -- was thought by some to rank with his all-time best.
But nothing beats having No. 52 on the field -- even if, physically, he's not the player he once was.