Ravens' Ray Lewis gets positive prognosis

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' right shoulder was given a positive prognosis following a Thursday examination by team orthopedic surgeon Leigh Ann Curl.

A final determination on whether the Pro Bowl defender will require surgery will likely come after more tests are conducted Monday. A magnetic resonance imaging exam of Lewis' shoulder, which required a harness for the last month of the season, didn't reveal extensive damage.

"Basically, we were encouraged by his examination," trainer Bill Tessendorf said. "Before we make a final decision, we wanted to repeat the MRI. That's because the MRI early in December after the initial injury is different now than it was in a positive way."

This isn't the same shoulder that required surgery and ended Lewis' season in 2002.

Lewis broke his own team mark with 225 tackles last season and recorded a career-best six interceptions along with 13 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Associated Press' NFL Defensive Player of the Year led the AFC with six tackles in the Pro Bowl.

Tessendorf said that Lewis also has an appointment with a hand surgeon on Monday.

"The hand bothered Ray during the year, but has felt pretty good," Tessendorf said.

None of these injuries are expected to keep Lewis from participating in minicamps.

General manager Ozzie Newsome said cornerback Gary Baxter is recovering well from recent abdominal hernia surgery and should still be available for minicamps.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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