The bad news about Ray Lewis from yesterday has been confirmed. The Baltimore Ravens legend has suffered some damage to his triceps muscle and it will force him to miss the rest of the season. The only question that remains is if Sunday was the last time we will ever see Lewis play professional football.
You can tell that this is not Lewis that we are used to seeing. Father Time has finally caught up to him and he has lost at least a step. In a league like this, you have to be at your best, but Lewis simply is not at his best right now. That is one of the reasons why the Ravens defense looks so mortal this year.
Lewis might decide to return after this season, but I just do not think he wants to. He probably does not want to end his career with an injury, but he has to see the writing on the wall. He knows that he is not playing like the Lewis of old and that has to just kill him inside. He also wants to watch his son play college football, so he does have plans for a life after football.
If this truly is it for Lewis, he had one heck of a career. There is almost no way that he is not a first ballot Hall of Famer. He was a key member of some of the best defenses that we will ever see. He certainly had an impact on football.