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Lewis could face NFL suspension

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Published October 8, 2004

ATLANTA - Ravens running back Jamal Lewis pleaded guilty Thursday to using a cell phone to try to set up a drug deal and will be sentenced to four months in prison, to be served after the regular season ends in January.

Lewis still could be suspended this season by the NFL, which said it would have no immediate decision on any punishment.

"I made a mistake four years ago, when I was 20 years old, that I am paying heavily for," Lewis said. "It's a difficult time for me. My family and friends were hurt more."

Sentencing was set for Jan. 26. The Super Bowl is Feb. 6.

"We will review the court documents from (Thursday's) proceedings and announce a decision on league discipline as soon as possible, perhaps as early as (today)," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

Even if Lewis is suspended by the league, he has five days to appeal, so he'll probably play Sunday night against Washington.

Lewis was accused of helping broker a cocaine deal for co-defendant Angelo Jackson, a childhood friend, during conversations with a government informant in Atlanta during the summer of 2000. Charges against Jackson are pending.

"Jamal did not - and did not attempt to - buy, sell or possess drugs. He had no financial stake in any drug transaction," Ravens president Dick Cass said. "We will continue to support and believe in him. He has admitted his mistake and is prepared to move on. We are prepared to move on with him."

FAVRE FAMILY MEMBER KILLED: For the second time in less than a year, Brett Favre is dealing with a death in the family. Favre's brother-in-law died after crashing an all-terrain vehicle on the player's property in Sumrall, Miss., Wednesday night. Casey Tynes, 24, the brother of Favre's wife, Deanna, was riding the ATV without a helmet when it flipped. Last December, Favre's father, Irv, died of a heart attack just before Christmas. Favre hasn't missed a start since becoming the Packers' starter more than 12 years ago.

BRONCOS: Running back Quentin Griffin missed his second straight practice because of a sprained ankle. Griffin's injury could open more playing time for Reuben Droughns, who was brought in as a blocking fullback.

DOLPHINS: Jay Fiedler will remain the starting quarterback, which means the Dolphins will have the same starting backfield in consecutive games for the first time this season. But they'll be without injured tackle John St. Clair.

VIKINGS: Randy Moss left practice with a sore right ankle, but he isn't expected to miss any action Sunday at Houston.

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