Did Ray Lewis use banned substance to return to Ravens?

Jan 29, 2013 |
There could be a dark cloud hanging over Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis and his swan song at Super Bowl XLVII.

With the Big Game just days away, reports are surfacing that Lewis used deer antler spray to help him recover from a torn triceps muscle and return to the Ravens just before the playoffs. The only hitch is the spray contains IGF-1 – a banned substance in the NFL.

According to Sports Illustrated, Lewis contacted a company called Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (S.W.A.T.S) about deer-antler velvet extract after suffering the injury in October.

IGF-1, which stands for insulin-like growth factor, is used by the body to develop bone and repair muscle by increasing the number of new muscle cells in the body. Lewis also used holographic stickers, a powder additive, slept in front of a beam-ray light, and drank negatively-charged water during his recovery.

There is no word from the NFL on an investigation and with Lewis set to retire after the Super Bowl, the league would need to hurry the process if there was any chance of suspending Lewis before Sunday’s game.

Lewis and the Ravens are 3.5-point underdogs versus the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Baltimore has used Lewis' return and retirement as motivation, posting a 3-0 SU and ATS record in the postseason.

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