Lewis makes second straight appearance at practice (updated)

Return of 12-time Pro Bowler encouraging, but teammates not talking

November 22, 2011|By Edward Lee

Inside linebacker Ray Lewis was present at Tuesday’s practice, marking the second straight day the 12-time Pro Bowler was there.

Lewis, who saw his streak of 57 consecutive starts end on Sunday because of an injury to a toe on his right foot, was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's injury report.

In a statement distributed by the Ravens, Lewis said he is hopeful of returning for the the Thanksgiving night clash with the San Francisco 49ers. His teammates, however, were tight-lipped on the topic of his return.

Before Tuesday’s session, linebackers Jarret Johnson and Dannell Ellerbe, who started in Lewis’ absence in Sunday’s 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, dodged questions about Lewis’ return to practice the past two days, and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs twice declined to comment when asked whether Lewis’ participation was encouraging.

“I’m not talking about injuries,” Suggs said.

Cornerback Chris Carr (back) and defensive tackle Arthur Jones (head) were the only players who did not participate Tuesday. Carr said before practice that he intends to play Thursday.

"Yeah, I'll be ready," he said. "It seems like the past three years, it happens to me once or twice a year. It seems like it always happens during training camp and once during the season. For some reason, [his back] locks up for like two, three days. But I'm fine. I'll be out there."

In addition to Lewis, Ellerbe (hamstring) and safety Haruki Nakamura (thigh) participated on a limited basis for the second straight day. Rookie running back Anthony Allen (thigh) again was a full participant.

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