Ray Lewis out tonight as Ravens host Chiefs

August 19, 2011 | Luke Jones

The Ravens will be without Ray Lewis tonight as they welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to Baltimore for their second preseason game.

Lewis is dealing with a family illness that caused him to miss Wednesday’s practice in Owings Mills and will not be present tonight, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. While his absence wouldn’t figure to have a great impact on the 16-year veteran’s preparation for the regular season, he will certainly be on the minds of teammates and coaches.

Assuming Jameel McClain makes his second straight start at the other inside linebacker position, third-year player Dannell Ellerbe would be the logical choice to take Lewis’ place in the starting lineup. The two, along with veteran Brendon Ayanbadejo, have seen the most time at the inside linebacker spot next to Lewis in the Ravens’ 3-4 defense during training camp.

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