Ray Lewis out against Bengals

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis is definitely expected to miss at least Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a toe injury, and possibly more games depending on how quickly it heals.

Lewis went to visit a specialist in South Florida to get another opinion on his toe after suffering the injury against the Seattle Seahawks. And the diagnosis confirmed the extent of the damage, the Times has learned.

Lewis hasn't practiced for the past two days.

The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has started 57 consecutive games, not missing a start since the 2007 season.

Lewis, 36, leads the Ravens with 68 tackles, also recording two sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

The Ravens' options at middle linebacker include shifting over inside linebacker Jameel McClain or starting Dannell Ellerbe, who was upgraded to full participation after missing time with a hamstring injury.

The Ravens also have Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo in the mix.

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