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Ravens' Ray Lewis looking to play Thursday

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis skipped his weekly mid-week media session to focus on treatment for his toe injury. While some might interpret this as Lewis not playing Thursday, there are rumblings that say otherwise.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday night that Lewis is expected to play against the 49ers on Thanksgiving night. Lewis will get challenged often by San Francisco running back Frank Gore, who ranks ninth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (87.0).

Lewis, who missed every practice last week, was limited on Monday.

Here's Lewis' statement released to the media from the Ravens public relations department:

“I apologize for not being available as I normally am on a day like today, but I am taking every opportunity to get treatment on my foot to prepare to play on Thursday. Anytime you see your team on the field, you always want to be out there with them. As the leader of your team, it doesn’t sit well with me to be on the sidelines. But I was the biggest cheerleader out there on Sunday, and I was truly proud of the way we played as a team. I am doing everything in my power to get back as fast as I can, whether that’s this week, next week or whenever it is, I am doing everything I can to be out there with my team. I want to play Thursday night, and I am making some progress.”