Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was not able to go through with his plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro because of a foot injury and fever, the Baltimore Sun reported Friday.
Lewis joined forces with TackleKili, a charitable organization, to climb the Tanzanian mountain to raise money and awareness for clean water in East Africa.
"In the end, Ray's decision was to let the team move on without him, rather than hold them back or put himself in a position where an injury which requires surgery could become even more complicated," TackleKili said in a statement. "As always, his team backed his play. So while Ray refocused his service to this cause at a lower altitude, his team began the ascent on behalf of those in desperate need of clean water."
Lewis departed Wednesday for the trek to the 19,340 foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the continent's highest point. The team, which includes former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris and Doug Pitt, the brother of Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and the goodwill ambassador to the country, expects to complete its quest at some point Sunday.
TackleKili's mission was initiated to benefit WorldServe International.
---Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is suspended for the first four games of the regular season because of a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, but a report of a recent groin surgery suggests he might not be ready for the start of training camp.
Blackmon is eligible to participate in preseason camp, but the Florida Times-Union reported Blackmon had groin surgery not long ago. He could be back in time for the start of training camp in three weeks, according to the report, but it is not certain. Blackmon did not take part in the final minicamp session on June 14.
Blackmon started 15 games last season as a rookie, when he had 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns.
--- A hearing on a motion to suppress evidence in the DUI case of Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has been continued until November 1, the Tacoma News-Tribune reported.
A trial date could be selected on July 11 at a pre-trial conference. The trial was originally scheduled for June 21.
The NFL won't discipline Lynch until the case is resolved, and it's unlikely it will be resolved during the upcoming season.