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Ray Lewis | Linebacker

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (39) / 5/15/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
College: Miami (FL)
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Ravens placed ILB Ray Lewis and C Matt Birk on the reserve/retired list.
With the move, the Ravens save $6.4 million against the salary cap, which is now officially set at $123.9 million, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Birk announced his retirement last Friday, and Lewis made it known that he was retiring before the playoffs. Lewis is a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer. Thu, Feb 28, 2013 07:01:00 PM

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Ray Lewis strongly denied banned substance allegations Wednesday.

In a Sports Illustrated report, the owner of a company called Sports With Alternatives to Steroids says Lewis took a deer-antler spray that included IGF-1. "I never ever took what he says. The guy has no credibility," said Lewis, who went on to call Mitch Ross a "coward." We'll never know the truth here. The only way IGF-1 is detectable is through a blood test, and there's currently no blood testing for that in the NFL. The bottom line is that Lewis is in no danger of missing Sunday's Super Bowl and will then ride off into the sunset.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 12:22:00 PM

According to the Baltimore Sun, the deer-antler spray Ray Lewis allegedly obtained from sports science company S.W.A.T.S. is unlikely to have contained a banned substance.

Lewis is accused of using a spray that contains banned substance IGF-1, but a doctor who studies growth hormone deficiency for Johns Hopkins University says that's not possible. "It’s just simply not possible for (IGF-1) to come from a spray," Dr. Roberto Salvatori said. "If (it) were, a lot of people would be happy that they don’t need to get shots anymore." The story will likely continue to be propped up as a distraction ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, but it's a non-issue for the soon-to-be retired Lewis.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:04:00 PM

According to Sports Illustrated, Ray Lewis contacted the sports science company S.W.A.T.S. in October to help with recovery from his torn triceps.

The owner of the company, Mitch Ross, allegedly recorded conversations between himself and Lewis. A program that included a deer-antler spray that includes IGF-1, which is on the NFL's banned-substance list, was prescribed. "Just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back this week," Lewis said. There figures to be an investigation, but it won't wrap up until after Sunday's Super Bowl. At that point, Lewis will be retired.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 12:28:00 PM

Ray Lewis said he is not having any second thoughts about his impending retirement.

Lewis already has a deal in place for a broadcasting gig with ESPN and is intent on spending time with his family. "Nah, I can't come back," he said. "My kids are calling for Daddy. It's a great reward to see the sacrifice my babies have made for me, and it's time that I sacrifice for them." Lewis, who has played every snap in the Ravens' two playoff wins, could be playing his final NFL game on Sunday in Foxboro.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 09:41:00 AM

Ray Lewis (triceps) led the Ravens with 13 tackles in their Wild Card round victory over the Colts.

Playing with a brace on his elbow, Lewis was beaten in coverage a couple of times and dropped an easy interception. It was an impressive performance nonetheless for a player who hadn't attempted a tackle since early October. Lewis went the whole way while the Colts ran 84 plays and held the ball for nearly 38 of 60 minutes. Paul Kruger was the defensive star for Baltimore, racking up 2.5 sacks while harassing Andrew Luck.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Ray Lewis (triceps) is active for Sunday's Wild Card playoff game versus the Colts.

As expected. Lewis has said that he will retire at the end of the season, so Sunday's game could potentially be his last game in an NFL uniform. Lewis hasn't played since tearing his triceps since Week 6. The Baltimore inactives are: LG Jah Reid, S Omar Brown, CB Chris Johnson, OLB Adrian Hamilton, OL Ramon Harewood, WR Deonte Thompson, and DT Bryan Hall.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Ray Lewis "should be full-speed" against the Colts in Sunday’s AFC Wild Card matchup.

Lewis hasn’t played since suffering a torn right triceps against the Dallas Cowboys in mid-October. Harbaugh said that Lewis could have returned in the regular season, but the team didn't want to take that risk. "We felt like we could get our positioning in the playoffs and then bring Ray back when the injury had the best chance to be completely healed, which is 12 weeks after the injury. He’s ready to go. He’s going to play in this game," said Harbaugh.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 09:39:00 AM

Sources tell SI.com that Ray Lewis is close to signing a multi-year contract with ESPN.

This confirms that Lewis wasn't just blowing smoke when he announced his retirement Wednesday. He's expected to have a "significant" role on Monday Night Countdown and other ESPN platforms. Per SI.com, "some believe Lewis can have a Charles Barkley-like impact in the studio."
Source: SI.com
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 11:38:00 AM

Ray Lewis addressed his teammates Wednesday and said "this will be my last ride."

"I've ran my course. It's time for me to go create a different legacy," Lewis said as the Ravens prepare to host the Colts in a Wild Card game Sunday. If he doesn't reconsider his retirement this offseason, Lewis will go down as arguably the greatest middle linebacker in the history of the NFL. During his 17 NFL seasons, he was a first-team All-Pro seven times, a 13-time Pro Bowler and a two-time AP Defensive Player of the Year. He was also the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV when the Ravens beat the Giants. Lewis, who turns 38 in May, is expected to return from his triceps tear to play Sunday.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Ravens declared ILB Ray Lewis, OLB Terrell Suggs, DT Haloti Ngata, WR Anquan Boldin, RG Marshal Yanda, SS Bernard Pollard, and WR Tandon Doss inactive for Week 17 against the Bengals.

Doss is the only one sitting out due to injury. The rest are Baltimore starters that are taking the day off since the Ravens have already clinched the division title. Lewis gets another week to let the triceps heal, and Suggs certainly welcomes the week of rest for his banged up biceps and Achilles.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Ravens activated MLB Ray Lewis (triceps) off IR/designated for return.

It's wonderful news for the Ravens' living legend, but Lewis is still expected to be inactive for Sunday's regular season finale. The move was made to make him eligible for the postseason roster. Sidelined since Week 6, Lewis should be ready to rock for next weekend's Wild Card game. Although Lewis will likely be a part-time player as he returns from a nearly three-month absence in the playoffs, his return stems the tide for a Ravens defense that's seen more and more players go down as the season's worn on.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 02:25:00 PM

Coach John Harbaugh confirmed Ray Lewis (triceps) will not return for the regular-season finale.

The Ravens clinched the AFC North on Sunday. They will be playing for seeding against the Bengals in Week 17, but Lewis won't be rushed. He's aiming to give them an emotional and situational boost in the postseason.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 08:31:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Ray Lewis (triceps) is not expected to return before the end of the regular season.

Lewis hasn't played since he tore his triceps in Week 6 against the Cowboys, but he has been practicing for the past three weeks. Rapoport does report that a return in the playoffs is a possibility for Lewis, though. Dannell Ellerbe and Albert McClellan will continue to handle inside 'backer duties in Lewis' absence.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Dec 22, 2012 01:10:00 PM

The Baltimore Sun is giving Ray Lewis (triceps) a "good chance" to return for Week 16 against the Giants.

The Ravens will wait until Saturday to activate him, in what's expected to be a corresponding move as ILB Jameel McClain is placed on I.R. Lewis has been out since tearing his triceps in Week 6, spending the ensuing ten weeks on injured reserve/designated for return. Although Lewis isn't the same player he once was, his return could give Baltimore's defense a needed energy boost.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 04:22:00 PM

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