Jordan Shipley (11) is defended by Ray Lewis (52) in the Bengals 7-13 loss to the Ravens on January 2, 2011. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Ravens' Ray Lewis Will Miss Bengals-Ravens Game

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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.

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