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OWINGS MILLS - Ray Lewis finally reached his boiling point. The Baltimore Ravens' All-Pro middle linebacker has heard enough chatter and hype surrounding the New York Jets And Lewis went on a rant Thursday as the Ravens continued preparations for their season opener against the Jets on Monday night at the Meadowlands.

"We're talking about the Jets like we're talking about the Saints," Lewis said. "That's the Super Bowl champs. Until they play, that's the only people that can be dethroned. Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets. All of this ‘We're the Miami Heat of football.' If you're the Miami Heat, we got to be the Lakers and multiple rings."

Lewis seemed annoyed by bombastic Jets coach Rex Ryan saying that he once allowed the Ravens defensive star to call plays in a fourth preseason game when he was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore, adding that Lewis "tapped out" after a few plays.

"We're not talking about whether I didn't want to call one defense or not," Lewis said. "Coach Mark Sanchez. Coach your Jets. My name should not come out of Rex's mouth unless you're telling somebody to come block me, which is going to be a very hard damn task come Monday night."

Hours later, Ryan responded to Lewis' comments during a conference call with Baltimore reporters.

"It doesn't matter what he says in a negative light," Ryan told New York reporters. "I still respect him, but we are going to try to smash him."

Lewis said he'll be barking as usual when the game starts Monday night.

"I will be barking," he said. "I'm not sure I'm going to listening to too much of it. That's the beauty of my job. I get to do the barking and I get to do the hitting. I'm not the receiver of any of that.

"They watched the Super Bowl from the same place I watched the Super Bowl from: your couch. You can't talk about whether you're ready to do something until you win a championship. That's just a fact."

And Lewis made the point that the game will be played on the field, not through the media.

"The game ain't played through tongues," Lewis said. "The game is played when you buckle up your chin strap. So, all this pressure he wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he writes."

Ryan seemed amused by the drama.

"Hey, I'm laughing," Ryan said. "I think it's great. I don't care one way or the other. We don't have to sneak up on people to tell them what we think. We expect to have a great football team.

"We go into every football game expecting to win. If that's ‘cashing a check' and all that other kind of stuff, then so be it. Sounds like we got under Ray's nerves."

Lewis also seemed unfamiliar with hard-hitting Jets rookie fullback John "The Terminator" Conner.

"The only Terminator I know is Arnold Schwarzenegger," Lewis said.

Ryan had a rebuttal to that remark as well.

"He'll see ‘The Terminator' in action," Ryan said. "I don't know how much he'll play, but I can promise you they'll know ‘The Terminator' is out there. All they have to do is watch film."

HOPING FOR A SPEEDY RETURN: Ravens wide receiver Donte' Stallworth is out of his cast after undergoing surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his foot.

Now, he hopes to be back in four weeks like New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey once did.

"The doctor that did my surgery said there was one crazy guy who came back in four weeks and that guy is Jeremy Shockey," Stallworth said. "We all know him. I called him and asked him what he was doing to get back. Hopefully, I'll be back before the eight weeks."

Stallworth is now in a walking boot. He broke his foot in the third preseason game against the New York Giants.

"I feel good, man," Stallworth said. "I just got my boot on today and I'm able to put some pressure on it, put a little body weight on it. Obviously, I want to be back fast, but you got to be smart with it at the same time.

"I'm taking all the precautions I can to make sure that I can keep it healthy and at the same time be back sooner than all the doctors initially thought. I'm trying to get back and stay abreast of everything. I feel pretty good."

Stallworth had one screw inserted into his foot.

"It was a similar operation I had when I was in college," he said. "It's the same operation. I know this injury. It's a lot of things. It's more what I can tolerate. I'm able to put pressure on it now."

Stallworth acknowledged that it's frustrating to be injured, especially since he was out all of last season after being suspended by the NFL following his conviction on a DUI vehicular manslaughter charge.

"I'm looking for Frankenstein's doctor," he said. "I got to find him because he got him back within 24 hours. No, I'm smiling, but it's pretty frustrating. It will be even more frustrating when the games start."

WAITING FOR KINDLE NEWS: The Ravens are still awaiting the medical prognosis for injured rookie outside linebacker Sergio Kindle, and expect the results by next week.

Kindle had a magnetic resonance imaging exam and neurological and cognitive exams this week to examine his fractured skull that he suffered in late July. The second-round draft pick from the University of Texas remains unsigned.

"They said it would take a couple of days to process all of the tests and all of the information," coach John Harbaugh said. "Then, they would give us a report. They thought about a week after he got to the hospital we would have an evaluation."

GAITHER RULED OUT: The Ravens ruled out offensive tackle Jared Gaither (thoracic disc injury), Stallworth and rookie nose guard Terrence Cody (arthroscopic knee surgery) for the Jets game.

Defensive end Paul Kruger didn't practice because of a sprained left shoulder that may sideline him for the first game.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee) and offensive tackle Oniel Cousins (concussion) participated fully.

"I think he's coming along, and I think he'll be able to do something over there," Harbaugh said.

Meanwhile, the Jets ruled out linebacker Calvin Pace (broken foot).

Free safety Brodney Pool (ankle) didn't practice. Defensive end Shaun Ellis (knee) was limited. TALAVOU AWAITING SURGERY: Defensive tackle Kelly Talavou will undergo surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee next month after his sprained medial collateral ligament is healed up.

He's on injured reserve.

Talavou tore up his knee during the Ravens' final preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.

Talavou had his best training camp ever, so this is a sad ending to his season.

"It's a big disappointment," Talavou said. "I thought this was going to be my year. I guess I got to wait another year. The coaches were telling me this was my best camp. I'll be back and ready next year."

TACKLE SIGNED TO PRACTICE SQUAD: The Ravens signed former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Andrew Gardner to the practice squad and cut quarterback Hunter Cantwell.

Gardner is a former Dolphins sixth-round draft pick last year.

The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder tried out for the Ravens on Tuesday as well as offensive lineman Jake Bender.

"I'm just real happy to have that opportunity to be with the Ravens," Gardner said. "They're a good football team. I'm ready to get to work. Whatever coach needs out of me, whatever role I'm here to play, I want to compete and try to work my way up. I'll do whatever I'm asked to do and work my hardest."

With Cantwell, a former Carolina Panthers player, off the practice squad after just a few days in Baltimore, the Ravens' emergency quarterback is wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Growing up in Florida, Boldin was a standout high school quarterback at Pahokee High School.

INJURY SETTLEMENT FOR MCLAUGHLIN: The Ravens have brokered an injury settlement with rookie fullback Mike McLaughlin, removing him from injured reserve.

McLaughlin is recovering from a sports hernia.

The hard-hitting undrafted rookie from Boston College converted to fullback after a successful collegiate career as an inside linebacker.

DEFENSIVE LINE TRYOUTS: The Ravens auditioned two free agent defensive linemen this week, taking a look at Ra'Shon Harris and Joe Joseph. Neither was signed.

Harris is a former Pittsburgh Steelers sixth-round defensive end from the 2008 NFL draft that played collegiately at Oregon.

Harris has also played for the Carolina Panthers.

At Oregon, Harris recorded 47 tackles and three sacks as a junior.

He has bench pressed 415 pounds.

Joseph was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in April.

In four seasons at the University of Miami, appearing in 37 games with 25 starts.

He totaled 71 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, eight quarterback pressures, one pass deflection and one fumble recovery.

As a senior, he started 11 games and posted 29 tackles, 5 1/2 for losses and one fumble recovery. He was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable-mention.

QUICK HITS: Ryan said he's not dwelling on being passed over by the Ravens when they hired Harbaugh as head coach. "It really doesn't bother me because I'm where I want to be, and that's right here in New York," Ryan said.

... The Jets avoided a television blackout on local television, selling out Monday night's game. No non-premium seats are available, but 1,500 club seats are up for sale. ...

The Jets aren't shy about their Super Bowl ambitions. "Not everybody says it because not everybody has the guts to say it," Scott said. "At the end of the day, we believe in our team." ...

Wide receiver Derrick Mason said he regrets not having wide receiver Mark Clayton on the team anymore after Clayton was traded to the St. Louis Rams. He was not just a co-worker, he was a friend off the field," Mason said. "Whenever you build a bond with a guy, it's sad to see him go. Hopefully, he will become the No. 1 receiver down there. He and [Sam] Bradford can make history down there in St. Louis somehow." ...

Lewis has been the subject of teasing from his Old Spice commercial where he's covered in soap lather and rides a futuristic raven bird into the galaxy." There were suds by Lewis' locker, and he's hearing bird calls from teammates. "Yeah, it's a lot of torture going on right now," Lewis said. "Everybody's iPhone has got it on there. I've just got to weather the storm."

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