Is Ray Lewis' time nearly up?

There is the thought that there are some legends you don't mess with.

And while the NFL is hardly a business where players usually go out on their own terms with their own teams, for years Ray Lewis has been an exception to that.

But now, after a 34-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun is raising the question of whether Lewis' career may be grinding toward a halt in his 16th season.

Lewis has been the heart and soul of the Ravens franchise during his future Hall of Fame career, but Preston says that in his two games between a four-game hiatus for turf toe, that the veteran linebacker has not played well.

Also, the fact can be raised that the Ravens, who usually have struggled in the past when Lewis was out with injuries, went 4-0 during this latest stint without him. Baltimore lost in November at Seattle and on Sunday night in San Diego with Lewis in the lineup.

Granted, the entire team played poorly in both games on the road on the West Coast against middle of the pack teams, so all the blame cannot be put on Lewis. But Preston did raise the question that previously had been nearly unthinkable regarding the Ravens of whether Ray Lewis' time is nearly up.

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