Not only was Ray Lewis cut out of NBC’s Sunday Night Football intro video, but he hasn’t been with the team since injuring his triceps in mid-October. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh offered a somewhat confusing explanation as to why Lewis hasn’t been with the team while rehabbing his injury during his press conference on Monday.

“He probably won’t be in the building for a little while,” Harbaugh said according to Ryan Mink of the Ravens official website. “He’s got a protocol he’s following.”

Is that protocol different from other injured Ravens players?

No one asked that question out in Owings Mills.

“I can tell you this, he’s got the best doctors in the world – to my understanding – working on his triceps,” Harbaugh added.

Ray’s doctors are better than the Ravens team doctors?

“So, I fully trust Ray with his rehab right now; I know he’s doing everything he can to get back.”

In the meantime however, Lewis isn’t with the team mentoring some of the young-ins on a struggling Baltimore defense. Some may say that the future Hall of Famer has earned the right to leave during an injury, but if that’s the case then I would argue that he should have just retired.

Harbaugh’s indirect answers seem to indicate that perhaps he agrees.