Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis paused only briefly to address a Sports Illustrated report that he used a deer antler spray containing the banned substance IGF-1 to aid in his recovery from a torn triceps during the regular season.
"Two years ago that was the same report," Lewis said at Media Day on Tuesday. "I wouldn't give that report or him any of my press (time). He's not worthy of that."
The SI story, which will appear in the Feb. 4 issue, was posted online Tuesday.
It claims Lewis contacted Mitch Ross, owner of S.W.A.T.S., a two-man sports science company, seeking help in recovering from his triceps injury suffered Oct. 14. Ross reportedly taped the call, and then laid out a comprehensive treatment plan that included holographic stickers on the right elbow, a daily regimen of the deer-antler pills to "rebuild your brain via your small intestines" and spritzes of the deer-antler velvet extract. Ross said he then sent Lewis products free of charge.
The spray goes under the tongue. IGF-1 is a natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth, and is also banned by the NFL and other major pro sports leagues.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he was aware of the report, but pointed out that Lewis has never failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs.
"Ray has passed every substance test in his career," Harbaugh said.
In other Ravens news, Lewis' teammate, Ed Reed, told reporters that they shouldn't bank on Lewis retiring after Super Bowl XLVII, according to NFL.com.
"Maybe he'll play 10 games next year," Reed said.
Before the postseason, Lewis told teammates, "This will be my last ride," and he has already reportedly has a multiyear deal to join ESPN as a commentator next season.
---In San Francisco 49ers news, wide receiver Randy Moss had a simple answer to a question regarding where he sees himself among football players.
"Now that I'm older, I do think I'm the greatest receiver to ever [play]," Moss told reporters at Super Bowl media day in New Orleans.
Moss, 35, had 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season for the NFC champion 49ers. He labeled this season "a down year for me statistically," but added that statistics shouldn't determine greatness.
Moss has 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns in a 14-season career. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who also played for the 49ers, is the all-time leader in those categories with 1,549 receptions, 22,895 yards and 197 touchdown catches.
---Rob Ryan, fired at the end of the 2012 season after two years as defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, had reportedly agreed to terms of a deal last week with the St. Louis Rams. But the Rams released a statement via Twitter on Tuesday that they're still looking.
"After extensive conversations regarding defensive philosophy, the Rams and Rob Ryan agreed he was not the right fit for the DC position," the team posted.
"The Rams will continue the interview process with the club's other candidates for the defensive coordinator position."
---Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is joining Chip Kelly's coaching staff with the Philadelphia Eagles, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Lazor, 40, is expected to become quarterbacks coach. He has been the Cavaliers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past three seasons.
---The Buffalo Bills and Rogers Media announced plans Tuesday to extend their relationship for another five years.
The agreement, which begins in 2013 and runs through 2017, will put the Bills in Rogers Centre in Toronto for at least six games, one regular season game each season, and one pre-season game in 2015.
---In a continued attempt to push starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, the New York Jets have had "exploratory, informal discussions" regarding former No. 1 overall pick JeMarcus Russell, according to a Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger Report.
Similar to the thinking that led to the deal for Tim Tebow, the team remains concerned about Sanchez, who is guaranteed an $8.25 million salary in 2013, according to the paper.
---Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is selling his home near Lambeau Field, according to a Fox Sports Wisconsin report. The listing is another indication that the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent will change team after seven years in Green Bay.