After the start of Wednesday afternoon's practice session,
Lewis hadn't practiced since the week of the Nov. 24 win over the
Back with his teammates, he pulled his purple No. 9 practice jersey — worn in honor of the late
Before the practice, coach
"Ray's different, probably, than most guys," Harbaugh said. "So I think Ray could go out there and play without practicing. He's going to try … but if he didn't practice, he could play on Sunday."
At a charity event Tuesday, Lewis said he was optimistic that he would return before season's end.
"I'm feeling way better," Lewis said. "I thought I had a good chance the last four weeks to play, but the coaches are going to make those decisions. They're just being smart. I don't mind being smart. The warrior side of me of course is always going to want to get back out there."
Webb misses practice
Webb is the third Ravens player to have
"I hope not. I'm doing everything I can do to get back on the field," Webb, who wore a walking boot on his left foot as a precautionary measure, said Wednesday. "It would hurt me if I'm on the sidelines and somebody else is playing. The last time I did that was my rookie year. … This isn't an ACL. It's really going to take a lot to keep me off the field right now."
Gaither: no animosity
Gaither, a White Plains native who played at Maryland, said he has no animosity toward the Ravens, even though his final year in Baltimore started with his arriving at training camp nearly 30 pounds lighter than expected and was ended by a mysterious back injury.
"They're a great organization. [Ravens general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] gave me my start, and I'm very appreciative for it," said Gaither, who said he talks to some former teammates "infrequently."
Chargers surge in December
The Chargers have won back-to-back games in December to improve to 6-7. Their late-season success has become the norm under coach
"They understand these months are definitely important to get a good push into the playoffs," Ngata said. "Hopefully, we kind of prove that we can win in December, too, and continue that."
The Ravens are 12-4 in December and January since Harbaugh became coach in 2008.
Quarterback Joe Flacco and his wife, Dana, who were married in June, are expecting their first child. Flacco expressed amusement at the amount of attention being paid to the pregnancy.
"I honestly don't pay attention," Flacco said. "I just hear you guys ask me about it, and I think that's even a little funny. Other than that, I don't really know what is going on about it, but it's a little funny. It's not even close to being here yet, but … we're really excited about it."
Flacco said the baby is due June 17, which won't conflict with the team's playoff push.