The Baltimore Ravens left open the possibility for Ray Lewis to play this season.
The inside linebacker was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but given the designation that he could return for the postseason, should the Ravens get there.
"We're going to keep the door open," coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Wednesday.
Lewis underwent surgery to repair his torn triceps Wednesday, according to an ESPN report. By rule, Lewis must miss eight weeks before he can return. If healthy, he'll be eligible to practice after six weeks.