Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis Aims to Return for Thanksgiving Day Game

Lewis’s string of 57 consecutive games played was cut short Sunday due to foot injury.

Posted: 11/23/2011 01:04 PM EST
Ray Lewis returning to the game

Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis is hopeful his injured foot will be healed enough for him to take the field for the Thanksgiving Day showdown Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Ravens are hopeful, too, but haven’t made a decision yet on the 36-year-old veteran and unquestioned leader of the team. It will likely be a game-time decision. Lewis’s string of 57 straight consecutive games played ended on Sunday when he was held out of the Ravens game against their AFC North rival, the Cincinnati Bengals.
Lewis didn’t talk with the media Tuesday, but said in a statement that he is “taking every opportunity to get treatment on my foot to prepare to play on Thursday."
What could work against Lewis playing, who leads the Ravens with 68 tackles this season, is the short week to prepare.
Having Lewis in the lineup will only add to a game that has plenty of intrigue to begin with. It’s the first meeting of the Harbaugh brothers as NFL head coaches. It’s also a game between two strong teams with the 9-1 49ers all but having locked up the NFC West while the Ravens now have the No.1 seed in the AFC, but still has plenty of work to do to keep the spot secure.

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