The Baltimore Ravens will again wait until Saturday afternoon to make a decision on Ray Lewis, but early indications are that the inside linebacker will attempt to play Sunday against the New York Giants.
Lewis, who is trying to come back from a torn triceps that he suffered in the Ravens' Week 6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, practiced for the third straight week and wants to return. The Ravens also possess the roster flexibility to accommodate him on the 53-man roster with Jameel McClain (neck) expected to be moved to injured reserve. The Ravens have declared McClain out for the season.
The Ravens will have to make a final decision on whether to activate Lewis from injured reserve with a designation to return by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Team sources said they expect Lewis to try to play; however, they cautioned that the decision will ultimately be up to Lewis and the team's medical and coaching staff.
Coach John Harbaugh didn't tip his hand, saying only that Lewis is "coming along." Meanwhile, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he expects Lewis to play.
Lewis has practiced with the Ravens the past three weeks, his right arm in a brace.
He was first eligible to come back last week against the Denver Broncos, but the decision was made to give him one more week of practice. He has gotten through this week with no setbacks and though he has not spoken to reporters, Lewis has been upbeat and active around the locker room. In past weeks, Lewis was barely around the locker room after practice.
In his 17th NFL season, Lewis is fifth on the Ravens with 57 tackles despite missing the past eight games with the arm injury.