The Baltimore Ravens welcomed back veteran linebacker Ray Lewis to Sunday’s practice. Lewis was excused by the Ravens for a few practices and Friday’s preseason game due to an illness in his family.

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll Country Times reports that Lewis returned for business as usual.

Lewis issued the following statement: “Family always comes first and is the most important part of our lives. I want to thank everyone for every prayer and thought they’ve provided. I’d also like to give a special thanks to the coaches and Ravens organization who have always put family first and allowed me to leave and take care of my family during this very hard time. We will get through this together as a family and with God. Thank you again for the thoughts and prayers and for respecting our privacy during this challenging time.”

It’ll be interesting the see Lewis’ playing time on Thursday following his return this week.