NEW ORLEANS — A Sports Illustrated report suggested that Ravens LB Ray Lewis, who will play his final game in Sunday’s Super Bowl, attempted to obtain deer-antler velvet extract in order to help heal from a torn triceps.
Lewis denied that he took any performance-enhancing drugs, as did head coach John Harbaugh.
"Two years ago that was the same report," Lewis said. "It's not worthy of the press."
Lewis added, when asked directly if he used the spray during his rehab, said, "Nah, never."
Lewis missed more than half the season with the injury, last playing in the regular season on Oct. 14. He returned to the field at the start of the postseason, announced his intentions to retire at the end of the Ravens’ playoff run and has played every snap in the three postseason games.
After the report came out, just prior to the Ravens taking the Superdome field for Media Day, he met with Ravens P.R. officials Kevin Byrne and Chad Steele, who both said Lewis denied taking any banned substances.
"Ray has passed every test for substance abuse that he's taken throughout his entire career," Harbaugh said.
Added GM Ozzie Newsome, “He hasn’t gotten suspended. If he had tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, he would have been suspended right away. We know that every player on the Baltimore Ravens, every player in the NFL, gets tested randomly, but he never has tested positive.
“All I know is that I trust the league’s testing policy.”