Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis could return to action as early as Dec. 16 for a game against Denver.
Lewis, who is recovering from a torn triceps on Oct. 14, was eligible to begin practicing Thursday and could be activated from injured reserve/designated to return for that game against the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning, ESPN.com reported.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh continues to list Lewis as day to day, saying Lewis will return when he's healthy and ready to practice.
It once was believed that Lewis would be out for the season after surgery to repair the triceps. That no longer appears to be the case for the 37-year-old Lewis, who had 39 tackles in five games.
The Ravens (9-2) are 5-1 since Lewis, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, suffered the injury.