NFL Notes: Lewis denies using banned substance

NFL Notes: Lewis denies using banned substance
January 29, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Super Bowl week is upon us and Ray Didger believes its excess is out of control (see story).

Despite all the attention focused on the activities in New Orleans this week, the Eagles continue to focus on assembling the proper staff under Chip Kelly (see story).

Below are some stories from Tuesday of Super Bowl week around the NFL:

Lewis denies using banned substance
NEW ORLEANS -- Of all the topics Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis might have been prepared to talk about at Super Bowl media day, deer-antler spray probably was not among them.

He declined to directly address a Sports Illustrated report that he sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis was the NFL's leading tackler in the playoffs after missing 10 regular-season games with the injury.

The company says its deer-antler substance contains a byproduct of human growth hormone.

Lewis dismissed the report Tuesday as "stupidity." He said: "There's never been a question of if I ever even thought about using" a banned substance.

The 37-year-old Lewis plans to retire after Sunday's Super Bowl. He was the MVP of the 2001 title game.

Moss declares he's greatest WR ever
NEW ORLEANS -- Randy Moss used to be a star. Now, he's just an afterthought with the San Francisco 49ers.

It's a role he's still struggling to accept.

Moss spent much of his career as one of the NFL's top receivers. During Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, he called himself "the greatest receiver ever to do it." That's a claim sure to be debated in NFL circles.

One thing is certain: the 35-year-old Moss is no longer an elite receiver. This season with the 49ers, he caught just 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns.

While Moss says he "doesn't understand" being a blocker and a decoy, he's willing to accept his new status if that's what it takes to win his first Super Bowl.

Rams decide against Rob Ryan
The St. Louis Rams reportedly came to an agreement for Rob Ryan to become the team's defensive coordinator last week.

But since then? Things have changed.

The Rams announced Tuesday on Twitter (via ProFootballTalk) that the two parties have decided to split:

"After extensive conversations regarding defensive philosophy, the Rams and Rob Ryan agreed he was not the right fit for the DC position. ... The #Rams will continue the interview process with the club's other candidates for the defensive coordinator position."

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter (via ProFootballTalk), Ryan began attending Rams meetings last week but the team was "uncomfortable" with Ryan's 3-4 defense since they play in a 4-3 one.

With differences in which scheme to run, the two parties ultimately decided to "cancel the marriage" and move on.

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