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Lewis barred by NFL from team complex

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick
wants the NFL to amend the rule that forbids running back Jamal Lewis from appearing at the team's training complex during his two-week suspension.

Lewis was suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse
policy after he pleaded guilty on Oct. 7 to using a phone to set up
a drug buy in 2000.

He will miss Baltimore's home game against Buffalo on Sunday and
a game in Philadelphia on Oct. 31. Lewis can maintain contact with
the Ravens by phone during his suspension, but is not permitted to
enter the training complex.

"We can talk to him, but he's not allowed to be in the
building, which I really think has to be revisited during the
offseason," Billick said Wednesday. "When you have an athlete in
this position, this is when he needs the organization most. He
needs to be around the counseling and the mentoring we have here.

"To totally isolate a guy from the team, I don't think is in
the best interest of the team, it's not in the best interest of the
athlete, it's not in the best interest of the league."

Lewis has remained in touch with the Ravens during his
suspension, Billick said, and is focused on staying in football
shape during his absence.

"We know where he's at," Billick said. "He's working out
hard, he's in the right atmosphere."

Lewis ran for 2,066 yards last year, the second-highest
single-season total in NFL history. This season he's got 494 yards
rushing on 105 carries.

He will be replaced in the backfield by Chester Taylor, who has
run for 164 yards on 28 carries this season. Taylor will be backed
up by Musa Smith, who has yet to carry the ball this year.