Injured linebacker Ray Lewis' return to the practice field will apparently have to wait.
On injured reserve with a designation to return, Lewis was eligible to start practicing today. However, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that the linebacker's status will be"day-by-day" and "he is not imminent to return to play or anything like that."
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Lewis won't be eligible to play in a game until Dec.16 against the Denver Broncos so there really isn't any sense of urgency this week for the 13-time Pro Bowl selection to return to the practice field. As it is, Lewis is ahead of schedule in his return from an injury that was originally feared to be season-ending.
In other injury news, wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones (ankle), tight end Ed Dickson (sprained knee) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/knee/thumbs) did not practice for a second straight day, while safety Bernard Pollard, who was a limited participant Wednesday, didn’t participate at all today.
Jones said he is just dealing with a bruise and he’ll definitely play, and Cameron said that Dickson has been moving around well and has yet to be ruled out.
Cornerback Corey Graham, who didn't practice Wednesday because of a stomach virus, was back on the field and he said that felt “10 times better.” Wide receiver Torrey Smith (thigh) was upgraded from limited participation to full and cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring), defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) and safety Ed Reed (shoulder) remained limited. Johnson said that he expects to play.
For the Steelers, quarterback Byron Leftwich (ribs), tackles Mike Adams (ankle) and Willie Colon (knee), linebacker LaMarr Woodley (ankle) and defensive tackle Casey Hampton (illness) did not practice. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs) were limited.
Reports out of Pittsburgh indicate that Roethlisberger is a longshot to play Sunday.