Ray Lewis

 

In a report that will that is scheduled to be released on Monday, Sports Illustrated will report that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was given a product to help heal his torn triceps that contains a substance that is banned by the NFL

Lewis has not tested positive and denies using any banned substance, but Mitch Ross, a co-owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (SWATS), told Sports Illustrated that the linebacker used a banned substance.

Ross said he spoke to Lewis shortly after he tore his triceps on Oct. 14 and he requested products, including a deer-antler spray, which contains a banned substance, that could speed up his recovery time.

Sports Illustrated is not alone however. NBC Sports, also mentions Lewis contacting someone about obtaining the spray.

Philly.com was one of the first to report on this, and the story has obviously pick up a lot of steam.

Lewis tore his tricep muscle early during the season, and it was presumed that he would miss the entire rest of the season. He recovered in time to help the Ravens earn their second trip to the Super Bowl, and first appearance since 2001.

Baltimore will battle the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

The 37-year old Lewis is a 13-time Pro Bowler, and two-time Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, in 2000 and 2003.