Are we finally beginning to see the great Ray Lewis in his final games as a Baltimore Raven? At 36-year-old, having played 16 years in the National Football league, is the wear and tear both mentally and physically finally starting to take its toll on the great No. 52?
Well, there are many that believe Lewis played his worst game of his career back in week 10 at Seattle. However, that was also the same game the perennial All-Pro suffered a devastating turf toe injury that sidelined him four games.
When he returned to action last Sunday at San Diego, there was little improvement I saw from Lewis. But only a handful of Ravens played well in the team’s 34-14 loss, so I’m not at the point yet where I’m saying “he’s past it.”
Time and time again, just when you think Lewis is finished or even close, he always seems to find away to show there’s still plenty there in that tank of his. To think, that after all the years in the NFL, he’s still playing the game at an All-Pro level is just mind bottling.
After watching Lewis play the way he did against the Chargers, there’s no question the Ravens still owe Lewis the remainder of the regular season to show that his toe is completely healthy and that he won’t become a liability in the postseason.
This is a tough situation for the entire organization. It’s a sensitive issue for head coach John Harbaugh, who has been here only four years and for Lewis as well, who has been so dominant for so long and given so much to Charm City. In the next week or two, I strongly believe both Lewis and the coaching staff need to sit down and figure out what is best for the Baltimore Ravens as a team and organization heading into the playoffs.