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A Much Slimmer Jean-Gilles Returns

After a lap-band procedure kept him off the field for the post-draft mini-camp, guard Max Jean-Gilles returned to take part in the rookie and selected vet OTA on Wednesday.

That is, a much slimmer Jean-Gilles.

"I'm feeling good. I'm bouncing around, flying around everywhere," Jean-Gilles said. "I feel great."

Jean-Gilles said that he's lost around 30 pounds and is currently tipping the scales at 358 pounds after at one point being close to 400. Jean-Gilles said that he wants to play at around 335 pounds and that he will be 100 percent healed from the surgery by training camp.

Currently, Jean-Gilles is on a soft food diet consisting mainly of Campbell's Chunky Soup.

This was a procedure that the 2006 draft pick wanted to have done not just for his football career, but for his life after the game is over.

"You have to look at it as football's not forever," Jean-Gilles said. "I have a young son (Marcus) and a wife (Maggie). I look at it as they need me. I want to see my kid get married, have his kid. I'm doing it for the future."

Jean-Gilles is playing under a one-year restricted free agent tender. A fourth-round pick out of Georgia, Jean-Gilles has played in 29 career games and stated in 14. Jean-Gilles was the starter at right guard for most of 2008 until a leg injury suffered prematurely ended his season.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:45 p.m., May 19

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