Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (left) restrains cornerback Lardarius Webb as he complains about a penalty call during a game against the Patriots in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 23, 2012. (JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters)
Ray Lewis might return this season, even as early as the Baltimore Ravens' Dec. 16 game against Denver.
That's what numerous sources have told Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver.
"At the end of the day, you're gonna see Ray Lewis again," Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo told Silver. "When he was said to be down and out? Man, that's critical mass. When he comes through that tunnel, that's gonna be the earthquake AND the tsunami."
Lewis tore his right tricep in a victory over Dallas on Oct. 14. The injury was not only thought to be season-ending, but potentially career-ending, as Lewis is 37 and in his 17th year.
Lewis gave a rousing pep talk to his Ravens teammates Sunday before their comeback victory in San Diego. He would not confirm his plans to Yahoo! Sports. But he hardly denied it.
"You've got eyes -- what do YOU expect to happen? I'm here to support my team," he told Silver.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said "it's possible" Lewis would return this season, while GM Ozzie Newsome said, "We'll see in another couple of weeks. Stay tuned."
Lewis has been "aggressively treating" his triceps injury with a procedure called platelet-rich plasma therapy, according to the report. He might even start practising on Thursday, which is the day he is eligible to come off the "injured reserve designated to return" list.
Lewis would be the second big-name Baltimore defender to return this season against all odds.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, last year's league MVP on defence, tore an Achilles while working out in April. Normally it takes a full year to recover from such an injury, but Suggs was back for Baltimore's game in Houston last month, and has played very well.
SUH NOT 'TEXAN 'WORTHY'
Bad-boy Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh might or might not have intentionally booted Houston quarterback Matt Schaub square in the minerals last Thursday.
There were two updates Monday.
First, the NFL said Suh would not be suspended, although a fine was still possible.
Second, while Schaub chose not to comment about it late last week, on Monday he was asked on a Houston radio station if he'd ever want to have Suh on his team.
"No," he told In the Loop with Nick and Lopez on 610 AM, according to ProFootballTalk.com. "No, you don't want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that's not Houston Texan-worthy. That's not what we're about."
The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright and New England tight end Jermaine Cunningham four games apiece, for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Meantime, the NFL wants the appeals heard next week from starting Seattle cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, both of whom have been suspended four games each for violating the same drug policy. Their suspensions won't begin until after the appeals are heard.
Backup New York Giants running brown Andre Brown has a broken fibula, but the team placed him on the IR/designated-to-return list, keeping hope alive he might rejoin the team for a playoff run "¦ Giants S Kenny Phillips reinjured his right knee "¦ The 49ers have lost returner/WR Kyle Williams for the year with a torn ACL, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio "¦ The Bears placed right guard Lance Louis on IR, ending his season, after he hurt a knee taking a vicious block from Vikings DE Jared Allen on an interception return. Chicago head coach Lovie Smith said Allen went over the line with the block, in which he hit Louis in the head and neck "¦ Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph and rookie S Harrison Smith were still being evaluated for possible concussions. There was "no real update" on WR Percy Harvin, who has been out for almost a month with a severely sprained ankle.
HOLMGREN BOLTS BROWNS
Mike Holmgren's three-year run as president of the Cleveland Browns ends Friday. So, is he going to coach again?
"I honestly don't know if I'm going to go back to work right away or not, and I don't know if it will be in football," he told Cleveland reporters.
Holmgren, the former head coach in Green Bay and Seattle, said it was "very difficult" watching his team's games away from the sideline.
"So if ever something comes through down the line "¦ but (he said stopping himself), I just finished telling you that I don't know."
Expect his agent to be busy fielding calls over the next couple weeks.
The NFL announced that the scheduled Sunday night games for Weeks 14 and 15 won't change. On Dec. 9 it's still Detroit at Green Bay, and on Dec. 16 it's still San Francisco at New England "¦ Bills WR Stevie Johnson said what he meant to say in frustration after Sunday's loss in Indianapolis is that he wished QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had more leeway to call audibles, not the plays themselves.