J. Lewis misses practice to let sore ribs heal


Running back Jamal Lewis missed practice yesterday to rest his sore ribs.

Lewis sustained the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 25-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the Ravens held a non-tackling practice in shorts and shoulder pads, Lewis lifted weights during the 1 1/2 -hour session.

"Probably next week," said Ravens coach Brian Billick, on when he expects Lewis to practice. "He'll condition this week. Being a running back, getting bounced around this week probably wouldn't be very prudent anyway. Next week will be fine."

The Ravens are off Sunday before making their only Monday Night Football appearance Sept. 30 against the Denver Broncos.

Lewis had an X-ray Tuesday that showed no damage, and he is expected to be ready for the Broncos' game.

Lewis leads the Ravens with 117 yards on 34 carries. He also is second on the team with nine receptions for 71 yards.

Demps may face Denver

Safety Will Demps, recovering from a dislocated elbow sustained the final preseason game, is still on pace to return against the Broncos.

Demps was the starting safety before the injury. Anthony Mitchell started the first two games for Demps, who is wearing a wrap on his elbow.

"I feel 100 percent now," Demps said. "I'm using this week to get mentally back and physically back to get ready for the Monday night game.

"I just felt like the three weeks, I learned a lot, and it got me hungry again."

End zone

Despite a broken bone in his hand, tight end Terry Jones practiced yesterday. Jones is wearing a cast, which limits his ability to catch. "Right now, it's just week by week. I'm going to do what I can in practice," he said. ... Chris Redman had not received word on a league fine for wearing black high-top shoes Sunday in honor of Johnny Unitas. He could face a $5,000 fine for violating the league's dress code. Billick does not think the league will fine Redman. "I think it's a non-issue, a one-time type of deal, and I would be very surprised if it became more than that."

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