Jamal Lewis was back at Baltimore Ravens training camp, talking about “moving forward” and looking fit enough to do it – through linebackers.

Still, he couldn’t hide his bitterness over a drug case that landed him four months in a federal prison and two months in a halfway house.

“I’m back doing what I like to do, doing what I do best,” said Lewis, who pleaded guilty to charges he used a cell phone in 2000 to arrange a drug deal for a friend. No deal ever took place.

“I’m not a bad person. It’s just me moving forward. I’m not looking back on the past and the things I just went through. My next step is really just prove people wrong, the people that doubt me and think I’m not in the shape I’m supposed to be.”

Except for a tender right ankle, Lewis, who turns 26 later this month, is in excellent condition. He weighs around 240 pounds, about five pounds less than his listed weight in the media guide, and looks fit as ever.

Lewis is expected to put on pads and practice with the Ravens for the first time Wednesday. After running on his own Tuesday, he spoke for 12 minutes in front of a half-dozen TV cameras and more than a dozen microphones.

Lewis couldn’t disguise his feelings about the court case that ruined his offseason and last year earned him a two-game suspension and the loss of $761,000 in wages. He seemed especially upset that the government waited nearly five years to take action against him.

“It was just a case of, I was a high-profile guy and somebody just wanted to pull on me a little bit,” he said. “The statute of limitations was coming up, it was the brink of a great season, things were looking up, so hey, you just put it together.”

Lewis ran for only 1,006 yards last year, less than half the amount he amassed in 2003, when he won the NFL rushing title with 2,066 yards – the second-highest total in league history. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl for the first time and was voted Offensive Player of the Year.

Jets

Quarterback Chad Pennington and newly signed cornerback Ty Law will not play in the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions on Friday.

Coach Herman Edwards said Tuesday that he wants to be careful with his players, both of whom are coming off serious injuries and working themselves back into game shape.

Eagles

Terrell Owens missed practice Tuesday for the fourth time in five days because of a left groin injury.

Owens is day to day, and the injury isn’t considered serious. He’s had groin problems in the past.

Broncos

Maurice Clarett missed another practice Tuesday while he had an MRI on his sore right groin.

Rams

Cornerback Dwight Anderson, who had been competing for the St. Louis Rams nickel back job, was released Tuesday for violating team rules.

Coach Mike Martz would not comment on the nature of the transgression. A Rams employee said Anderson missed curfew over the weekend.

Bills

Left guard Lawrence Smith is expected to be placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

Coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday that Smith will likely have surgery on the right knee he hurt during a practice against the Packers last Friday.

Mularkey didn’t specify the nature of the injury, but it’s believed to be a torn ligament.

Cardinals

Antrel Rolle, the kind of aggressive, physical defender coveted by Cardinals coach Dennis Green, agreed to a six-year contract.

The University of Miami cornerback, Arizona’s first-round draft selection at No. 8, missed nine days of training camp, including 14 practices and a mock game. But he arrived in the Phoenix area Tuesday morning, had a physical and was expected at camp in mountain-ringed Prescott in time for team meetings in the evening.

Saints

Offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb became the first New Orleans player seriously injured during training camp when he hurt his right knee.

“He was in a goal line situation and he just twisted it. It’s bad,” coach Jim Haslett said.

Stinchcomb was taken to a hospital for further examination. More should be known Wednesday about the injury.

Colts

The Colts returned to training camp weary, hot and hurting after an exhausting weekend trip to Tokyo and a 27-21 loss to Atlanta.

Coach Tony Dungy said the fatigue was expected after a trip that included two flights, more than 25 hours and a 14-hour time difference.

Players wilted Tuesday under the heat and humidity.


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