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Ravens Notebook: S.W.A.T.S owner apologizes to Lewis

NEW ORLEANS - S.W.A.T.S owner Mitch Ross, the man who allegedly provided a banned supplement to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to aid in Lewis' recovery from a torn triceps, met with a group of media for more than an hour Friday afternoon outside the Super Bowl media center in New Orleans but offered no new information in regards to the claims involving Lewis.

Ross repeatedly declined to address the conversation he reportedly had with Lewis on Oct. 14 shortly after Lewis suffered a torn right triceps during the Ravens' Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Ross told Sports Illustrated that Lewis contacted him hours after Lewis suffering the torn triceps and that he provided Lewis with a package of products to expedite his recovery from the injury. The package of products reportedly included a deer antler velvet spray, which Sports Illustrated reported contains IGF-1, a substance banned by the NFL.

Lewis repeatedly and vehemently denied using the substance earlier in the week. And on Friday, Ross declined to comment on his reported conversation with Lewis or whether he shipped any products to Lewis in October. He did, however, acknowledge that he never saw Lewis use the deer antler velvet spray, although he did say that he also provided products to Lewis to aid the linebacker in his recovery from a hamstring injury in 2009 and a toe injury in 2011.

Lewis was one of several high profile athletes linked to Ross and his products in the Sports Illustrated story.

"I want to apologize to any athletes that this story hurt," Ross said. "It was my intention to shine a light on the technologies that are light years ahead of what people can understand. I had no control of when the story ran. I'm trying to right the wrong with Ray Lewis."

Ross said he first met Lewis in 2008 through then-Ravens offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and provided performance chips to Jackson, which aren't banned by the NFL, and that Jackson then gave the chips to Lewis.

Ross said Lewis thought so highly of the product that he later worked out a deal with Lewis through his attorney, Marc Rosen, for Lewis to endorse the product, but Ross said he hasn't interacted with Lewis in person since 2008.

"I am so sorry that this happened," Ross said. "And I'm so sorry that everybody wants to do whatever they want to do to the man."

FINAL MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh held a joint press conference Friday morning, the first time in Super Bowl history the game's two opposing coaches held a dual press conference in the week leading up to the game, although the session provided little that hadn't already been talked about in great detail throughout the earlier part of the week.

It was the final media obligation for either team prior to the game Sunday night.

INJURY REPORT: Baltimore linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was a full participant in practice Friday and, as expected, he's listed as probable for Sunday.

The Ravens didn't list any injured players as anything other than probable.