Ray Lewis has been pleased with how he's performing at his new weight, given that he's lighter than he's ever been in his 17-year NFL career.
Lewis is listed at 240 pounds but appears even lighter than that. Part of his reasoning for the weight loss was to be able to adapt to the changing landscape of the NFL, with quarterbacks passing the ball over the middle more to athletic tight ends that play like receivers.
"It's awesome, I feel great," Lewis said. "I feel great just running around – just excited to really get the regular season started and everything. Anytime you finish 17 years of training camps, that's a blessing within itself. So, me, I'm just really excited, regardless of whatever else."
Thursday will be the first true test for the lighter Lewis, as he expects to get a lot more snaps against Jacksonville. Typically, the third preseason game is when teams do their best to simulate a regular season game.
There hasn't been much film to gauge what the new-look Lewis could do this season. Jacksonville figures to showcase more of a running game than Atlanta or Detroit did, which could be an interesting test to see if Lewis still has the same kind of power he did playing at a heavier weight.
"This is a good test for us," Lewis said. These guys run the ball pretty well, and for us to come in and have this type of test right now, being our third preseason game … So yeah, I am a little ready."
Yanda tweaked leg
Starting left guard Marshal Yanda sat out of Tuesday's practice after sustaining what appeared to be a leg injury toward the end of Monday's session.
Yanda got rolled under linebacker Chavis Williams but finished the practice on Monday. He wasn't present on Tuesday and it's unknown if he'll play against Jacksonville or not.
"He kind of tweaked it a little bit, it's nothing serious," Harbaugh said. "We had a pile-up we were disappointed about. It was nobody's fault."
With Yanda out of practice the first team offensive line looked like this: LT Bryant McKinnie, LG Kelechi Osemele, C Matt Birk, RG Bobbie Williams, RT Michael Oher.
Injury report: David Reed (ACL), Josh Bynes (vertebrae), Terrell Suggs (Achilles), Jah Reid (calf), Ed Dickson (shoulder), Dennis Pitta (hand), Pernell McPhee (death in family) and Ryan McBean (broken ankle) did not practice. S Sean Considine (undisclosed) and OLB Sergio Kindle (shoulder stinger) were limited and wore red non-contact jerseys.
Lewis sees positive results with weight loss
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