Linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, a major step in his return from a torn right triceps.
Lewis remains on injured reserve-designated to return, and is eligible to play in a game as soon as Dec. 16 against the Denver Broncos.
The Ravens are 4-2 during Lewis' absence, and he has spent the bulk of the time away from the team rehabbing under the supervision of doctors.
"I'm making progress and will practice some today," Lewis said in a statement. "But, the story shouldn't be about me right now. We're playing the Redskins Sunday, and I am not eligible to play. If I can help prepare my team in some way for that game, I will. When I know I will play in a game, or when I play in game, I will say more then.
"For right now, I am excited to be back on the field, and I do plan to play again this season. We'll see how I continue to progress from here."