R. Lewis to miss minicamps

Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis said Friday that he won't be available for minicamps while recuperating from surgery to repair a torn hamstring.

In an interview with the NFL Network in Detroit -- the site of Sunday's Super Bowl XL -- Lewis said he has been off crutches for a few weeks following his early December surgery. A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a perennial Pro Bowl selection, Lewis said he anticipates undergoing at least another three months of rehabilitation.

Lewis, who's under contract through 2008 with Baltimore with base salaries of $5.5 million in 2006 and $6.5 million apiece in 2007 and 2008 according to NFL Players Association documents, wasn't pressed about his future in Baltimore or other substantive, team-related topics.

Lewis joked around with Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson, who revealed that he calls Lewis during the season to collaborate on ideas for his end-zone celebrations.

It was Lewis' first interview since days prior to injuring his hamstring in October against the Chicago Bears, which ultimately spelled the end of his season as Baltimore finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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