SANTA CLARA -- If you thought Aaron Lynch looked a tad husky during the preseason, your eyes weren't deceiving you.
The 49ers outside linebacker said he's dropped 30 pounds in recent weeks as his four-game suspension has drawn to a close and he's gotten closer to being on the field. Lynch went through a full practice today -- at about 270 pounds, he said -- and said he's eager to take the field Thursday against the Cardinals.
Chip Kelly said he hoped Lynch would get into the game but that it would depend on how he looks in practice this week.
"We’re excited to get him back and get a chance to start working with him again as coaches," Kelly said. "He’s been available to do everything except be on the field with us. So he’s been around and the guys in the strength and conditioning room say he’s done a great job there with his workouts with them. So he’ll be a welcomed addition today."
The 49ers have gone with a combination of Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold and Tank Carradine at outside linebacker through the first four games. The team has seven sacks, which is tied for 19th.
Lynch said his weight ballooned due to a bad diet that coincided with his wife's pregnancy. The couple recently had a boy, and Lynch -- who was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy -- said the experience already has changed him.
"I've taken strides to become a better person because I have a son now and I have to be a good role model," he said. "You definitely look at aspects of life a lot differently now that you have a child because they're always looking at you."