Ray Lewis optimistic about Reed's return

With all the starters resting in the second half of the Ravens’ 17-12 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night, 11-time Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis spent a few minutes in an interview with Suzy Kolber of ESPN.

When Kolber asked Lewis about his “gut feeling” on the return of six-time Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed, Lewis sounded optimistic.

“Just to listen to him, I think he’s excited just about his improvement and where he is,” Lewis said. “The surgery is healing kind of fast. I won’t really speak for him. I just speak about what he told me. He’s just feeling good, and anytime you can come out of surgery and hear somebody is feeling good, that’s all you can ask for.”

Kolber also asked Lewis if the team had watched the first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” which centers on the New York Jets and former Ravens defensive coordinator and current Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

“I don’t know,” Lewis said. “I think everybody else was in their room, but I passed out in five minutes. I think it’s a great opportunity for [the Jets]. Congratulations to Rex and his team and all the fun they have over there. We’re going to be working, and we’ll see them Week 1.”

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