Redman, Lewis' medical conditions up in air

The Baltimore Ravens acknowledged that Ray Lewis and Chris Redman could miss more than a few games with their respective injuries. Both have definitely been ruled out against the Atlanta Falcons. Their seasons are both at stake and surgery is a possible option to repair Lewis' shoulder and Redman's back.

Head trainer Bill Tessendorf said in Lewis' case, a partial dislocated shoulder suffered against the Cleveland Browns, typically these types of injuries improve during the first three weeks. An 80 percent success rate.

Lewis is in his fourth, where 20 percent get better.

 If a shoulder injury doesn't improve with rest and rehabilitation in a six-week span, surgery is the logical choice. That would mean the Ravens would play the rest of the season without their All-Pro middle linebacker. Lewis' swelling has reduced, though.

 In Redman's case, a preexisting back condition of a herniated disc has worsened to the extent that he has already missed one game. Cartilage around the bone has been torn away and caused bone to chip away, causing shooting pains and loss of feeling in his legs and toes.

Lewis apparently injured his shoulder again slightly while sleeping.

For now, the Ravens' stance is to not play Lewis this week then evaluate him again. If he doesn't improve by the following week, then the Ravens would consider surgery.

The Ravens are prescribing pool work and back exercises for Redman, who will likely miss at least the next few weeks with Jeff Blake taking his place. Redman had similar back problems when he attended Louisville, but never experienced numbness is his lower extremities.

Notes: Defensive end Michael McCrary will be held out on the Georgia Dome artificial turf because of his lingering knee problems. plan. ... Defensive lineman Marques Douglas said his surgery went well last Friday. ... Veteran nickel back James Trapp and the Ravens agree that he will be fined for his fight with Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Plaxico Burress in Sunday's 31-18 loss. Burress was thrown out, too, but Trapp stomped on Burress' helmet. Trapp said he doesn't expect to be suspended and said he'll be looking for a Federal Express envelope from the league office by Wednesday morning.


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