Head Coach Jim Harbaugh may have another card to play in his quest to convince his players that the world is out to get his the San Francisco 49ers.
A day after Harbaugh said his team drew the short end of the straw by having to travel three time zones on a short week to play Baltimore on Thursday, the Ravens injured star linebacker Ray Lewis said he hopes to play against the 49ers.
The middle linebacker said he hasn't abandoned hope of returning from a foot injury in time to play Thursday night against San Francisco.
Lewis missed Sunday's game against Cincinnati, ending his streak of playing in 57 straight games.
The 36-year-old veteran did not talk to the media on Tuesday but said in a statement that he is "taking every opportunity to get treatment on my foot to prepare to play on Thursday."
He watched Sunday's game from the sideline, cheering his teammates and offering encouragement. He would prefer not to do so again Thursday night when the Ravens face the 49ers.
Lewis says as a team leader, "it doesn't sit well with me to be on the sidelines."
Lewis leads the Ravens with 68 tackles and it was thought over the weekend that he would probably be unavailable to play against the 49ers.