Jamal Lewis' return delayed

WESTMINSTER -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis' arrival at training camp has been delayed until Monday following his release from an Atlanta halfway house as he meets with probation officials this week.

Lewis, who spent four months in a Florida federal prison for a drug crime, served two months in the halfway house.

The Ravens had initially expected Lewis to report to Westminster on Thursday and participate in his first practice Monday.

"I'm going to have to bite my tongue on this one, we'll continue to deal with the process that he has to deal with," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "It seems to be ever-changing at times. When he's allowed to show up here, we'll go forward. "I'm not completely 100 percent certain when that is right now. Only God and the U.S government knows."

With first-round draft pick Mark Clayton still holding out, Clarence Moore has been taking advantage of the extra playing time and is running with the starters' huddle. He caught a touchdown in red-zone drills Wednesday as the offense looked much sharper than Tuesday's six-interception debacle.

"Clarence Moore had an outstanding off-season and it's going to take a lot to displace Clarence from that position," Billick said. "It's certainly not going to happen from somebody who's not even here."

It's unclear when Clayton's holdout will end. "If you didn't need to do this, we wouldn't," Billick said. "For a rookie not to be here under the present circumstances, shows a complete lack of understanding of what it takes to compete in this league."

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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