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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis would neither confirm nor deny the notion that he sustained a concussion last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
“Everything’s cool,” was all that he would say before Wednesday’s practice in preparation for the New England Patriots.
Lewis briefly left the Week 3 battle for one play after running into 345-pound defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in the second quarter.
But, he immediately returned to action and went on to record nine tackles.
Lewis was not available for comment following the game, and head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that he had a stinger.
“The bottom line is if it’s going to exist, it’s going to exist,” Lewis said. “You can sit out five or six plays, or you can just come back [after] one. My symptoms – what I was having – I was going to have for the rest of the day anyway. So, I just dealt with them. I wasn’t comfortable enough with saying I’ll sit on the sideline for five or six plays. So, why not go back out there and fight with my team?”
Seeing Lewis flying all over the field, I thought he was fine. Whether or not he did have a concussion remains to be seen, but his toughness is undeniable.
Lewis was limited in practice on Wednesday with what was designated as a head injury, heading a long list of limited participants.
That includes tight end Todd Heap (back), linebackers Jarret Johnson (shoulder) and Tavares Gooden (head/shoulder), defensive tackle Justin Bannan (knee), and receiver Kelley Washington (groin).
Defensive tackle Trevor Pryce (illness) and quarterback Troy Smith (illness) did not practice.
For the Pats, offensive tackle Nick Kaczur (ankle), linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee) and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (ankle) did not practice.
Cornerbacks Jonathan Wilhite (groin) and Darius Butler (thigh), wideouts Randy Moss (back), Wes Welker (knee) and Mathew Slater (elbow), defensive back Shawn Springs (knee) and defensive tackle Mike Wright (shoulder) were limited.
And, the golden boy of the NFL, quarterback Tom Brady, has a shoulder injury, but he fully practiced.