OWINGS MILLS — Linebacker Ray Lewis is not expected to play Sunday against Cincinnati, according to a report by The Carroll County Times.
Lewis is dealing with a toe injury and reportedly saw a specialist in South Florida this week for a second opinion.
While it doesn’t appear Lewis will play, coach John Harbaugh maintained Lewis has not been ruled out for the game.
“The thing about Ray is that Ray is Ray,” Harbaugh said. “You can’t count Ray out. There could be reports out there, you could turn over some rocks and figure out and ask and think you got something, and you might have something. But you might not because you’re talking about Ray. We’ll find out on Sunday.”
If Lewis can’t go, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe will likely be the next man up. Brendon Ayanbadejo could also be in line for some minutes.
Lewis hasn’t missed a game since 2007, and has a streak of playing in 57 consecutive games.
“Most people on this team have never gone into a game without him there,” cornerback Chris Carr said. “It’s one of those things where you don’t know until we’re actually out there and notice the difference.”
RB Anthony Allen (thigh) and DT Arthur Jones (concussion) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.
Lewis, Ellerbe and WR Lee Evans have been listed as questionable.
By Jason Butt