Billick: J. Lewis should be with the Ravens

OWINGS MILLS -- Jamal Lewis isn't allowed to set foot in the Baltimore Ravens' training complex while serving his two-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse program, and coach Brian Billick wants the league to modify its policy.

"We can talk to him, but he's not allowed to be in the building, which I really think has to be revisited," Billick said of last year's 2,066-yard rusher. "When you have an athlete in this position, this is when he needs the organization the most. He needs to be around the counseling, the mentoring that we have here.

"To totally isolate a guy from a team, I don't think, is in the best interests of the team, the best interests of the athlete. It's not in the best interests of the league.

Lewis was suspended for two games without pay after pleading guilty to using a cellular phone to facilitate a drug transaction to resolve his federal drug conspiracy trial. The reigning NFL Offensive Player of the year was also fined an additional two game checks for a total loss of nearly $761,000 in salary.

Lewis will miss Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills and an Oct. 31 game against the Philadelphia Eagles and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Chester Taylor with Musa Smith in reserve.

Billick said Lewis has stayed in touch with the organization during his suspension and is exercising regularly.

"We know where he's at," Billick said. "He's working out hard. He's in the right atmosphere."

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