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Jamal Lewis | Running Back

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/26/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 245
College: Tennessee
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Former Ravens and Browns RB Jamal Lewis has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
It could mean we'll soon hear stories about the 32-year-old Lewis attempting a comeback. Lewis last played in 2009, and averaged just 3.6 yards per carry his final two seasons. He's definitely played his final NFL down. Lewis is also a part of one of the myriad concussion-related lawsuits filed against the league. Mon, May 28, 2012 10:24:00 AM

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Free agent Jamal Lewis admits that he's still entertaining thoughts of playing this season.

Lewis is watching games and keeping tabs on teams that may need a running back. Working out regularly, he's now checking in at 250 pounds, just 10 pounds over his playing weight. Still, the 31-year-old isn't a great bet to resurface after missing training camp this summer.
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 08:06:00 AM

Free agent Jamal Lewis revealed that he was a longtime patient of alleged HGH distributor Dr. Anthony Galea.

Lewis denies he was ever injected with HGH or any other illegal substances. The former Raven and Brown says he supports Galea, who is "a great guy." Lewis' association with Galea still won't help his chances of rejoining the NFL. He's received scant interest since a visit to the Saints in April.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Aug 13, 2010 05:42:00 PM

Free agent Jamal Lewis' visit with the Saints went "very well," according to the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson.

It couldn't have gone that well, or Lewis would have walked away with a contract. Instead, both sides agreed to stay in touch, which means the Saints are going to see if they can do better in the draft. Lewis has failed to draw interest from other teams and will only play in 2010 if the situation is right.
Sat, Apr 3, 2010 06:03:00 PM

Free agent Jamal Lewis left the Saints' facility Wednesday without a contract offer from the team.

No signing is imminent. The team appears to be doing no more than due diligence for now, but they could turn to Lewis or Justin Fargas if they fail to land a physical back in the draft. We don't see either of the veterans as a better option than Pierre Thomas or Lynell Hamilton in short-yardage situations.
Thu, Apr 1, 2010 11:41:00 PM

Free agent Jamal Lewis reportedly visited with the Saints earlier this week.

So it's now safe to assume the 30-year-old is not retiring after all, at least not if he can find the right fit. The problem for the Saints is that he's the wrong man for the physical, short-yardage job. Despite his 245-pound frame, Lewis' choppy feet and lack of explosion have made him one of the worst short-yardage backs in the league the past couple of seasons.
Thu, Apr 1, 2010 01:41:00 PM

The player rep for Jamal Lewis said Wednesday that his client still wants to play football in 2010, specifically if he can latch on with a Super Bowl contender.

"I think he's got a lot of football he can bring to the table," said the agent. "He can be a significant contributor to the right organization." We doubt that. Many aging backs have successfully carved out goal-line roles, but Lewis is brutal in short-yardage situations. Lewis, 31 before the start of the season, says he's undecided about retirement.
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 09:47:00 AM

Free agent Jamal Lewis said Wednesday that he is undecided about whether to retire.

"I plan to evaluate my future and have not made a final determination on whether I will be playing football next season," he said. As Profootballtalk's Mike Florio points out, Lewis owes some $25 million stemming from a civil suit in Georgia. Lewis may need to continue playing to pay the money back.
Wed, Feb 17, 2010 06:44:00 PM

Browns released RB Jamal Lewis.

Lewis has hinted at retirement since suffering a severe concussion during Week 12 of the regular season, and the Browns were never going to pay his impending $1.5 million roster bonus or $2.4 million salary. Lewis, 31 in August, was a better signing for Cleveland in 2007 than expected, but fell off a cliff in 2008. He's averaged just 3.64 yards per carry on his last 412 attempts. The Browns will move forward with Jerome Harrison as their starting tailback.
Wed, Feb 17, 2010 05:15:00 PM

Speaking publicly for the first time since early November on Sunday, Jamal Lewis left the door open when asked if he'll try to play in 2010.

"Try to" is the key word here; Lewis is almost certain to be released in the offseason if he's not placed on the reserve/retired list. "When I can get healthy again, that will be a decision I'll have to sit back and make," he said. Lewis is still meeting with specialists regularly after being diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome that ultimately ended his season.
Sun, Jan 3, 2010 09:21:00 PM

Jamal Lewis' (injured reserve, concussion) teammates on the Browns expect him to follow through on his plans to retire after the season.

Lewis promised to retire after a frustrating loss to the Bears earlier in the season, and he's spoken of it frequently since. He would finish 21st on the NFL all-time rushing list with 10,607 yards. The highlight of his career was the 2003 performance, rushing for the second-highest single season total with 2,066 yards. The Browns' 2010 starter is not likely on the current roster.
Thu, Dec 3, 2009 08:39:00 PM

Browns placed RB Jamal Lewis on injured reserve with "post-concussion symptoms," ending his season.

Lewis' 2009 season -- his last, if he makes good on his retirement plan -- ends with career lows in total yards (588), touchdowns (0), catches (8), and rushing yards per game (55.6). His 3.5 YPC average was the second lowest of his 10-year career. We've heard some observers call Lewis a possible and even probable Hall of Famer, but that's unlikely. While Lewis' 2003 season was one of the most dominant by a running back all-time, he only made one Pro Bowl and didn't have enough sustained success.
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 07:19:00 PM

Jamal Lewis (concussion) has been formally ruled out for Week 13.

The Browns could place him on injured reserve later this week, or keep Lewis on the roster for the rest of 2009 despite reportedly already shutting him down. Either way, there is very little doubt that Lewis' season is finished.
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 04:48:00 PM

Profootballtalk.com reports that the Browns plan to place Jamal Lewis on injured reserve, ending his season.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Lewis suffered a "serious" concussion in last week's loss to Cincinnati, and an MRI showed "abnormalities" in his brain. If so, this will likely be Lewis' final NFL season. He's said previously that he intends to retire after the year. A league source tells PFT that the Browns will replace Lewis on the roster with former Bengal DeDe Dorsey, who just got done leading the Las Vegas Locomotives to a UFL title.
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 03:00:00 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there is mounting speculation that the Browns will shut down Jamal Lewis for the season.

Lewis, who's battled ankle woes throughout 2009 and for much of the last few years, was nowhere to be found on the practice field Wednesday. He also was not in the locker room prior to practice. If he goes on I.R., Chris Jennings would be the favorite to finish the season as Cleveland's starting tailback.
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 12:57:00 PM

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