After missing the Baltimore Ravens’ last four games, All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis will suit up and start Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers, according to Mike Preston.
It will be interesting to see how, and if San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner alters his game plan to attack the Baltimore defense up the middle. When the Ravens have matched up against the Chargers in years past, Lewis has struggled in past coverage, especially against all-world tight end Antonio Gates.
The ideal situation would be to get the 16-year veteran off the field on third-and-long, and that could easily be done by having Lewis say the team didn’t want to risk re-injury to his toe and wanted to cut down his number of repetitions in his first game back.
If that is the case, look for Brendon Ayanbadejo on those third-and-long’s to replace Lewis. Ayanbadejo is considered by Preston to be quicker and faster than Lewis, especially when he backpedals.