From Ravens’ Insider Aaron Wilson, Ravens’ All-Pro Linebacker Ray Lewis will miss this week’s game against the Bengals.
Wilson explains that Lewis has missed this week’s practices due to a toe injury, and had to see a specialist in South Florida. Lewis may miss several weeks.
Wilson elaborates on the Ravens’ replacement options:
The Ravens’ options at middle linebacker include shifting over inside linebacker Jameel McClain or starting Dannell Ellerbe, who was upgraded to full participation after missing time with a hamstring injury. The Ravens also have Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo in the mix.
Lewis hasn’t missed a game since 2007, having started 57 consecutive games.
This means big things for the Bengals, as the Ravens defense simply isn’t the same without their 12-time pro-bowler, defensive captain, spiritual leader, and leading tackler.