NFL Rumors: Did Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis Use a Banned Substance to Recover From Torn Triceps?

By Dan Parzych
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When the 2013 NFL playoffs kicked off a few weeks ago, there weren’t many people who believed the Baltimore Ravens had what it takes to reach Super Bowl XLVII, but they obviously proved their doubters wrong with big wins over the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots along the way. One of the main reasons why the Ravens have been so successful during the playoffs is because of the inspirational play of Ray Lewis–who miraculously recovered from a torn triceps injury in the middle of the season to return right before the start of the playoffs.

Unfortunately, Lewis is now seeing his name caught up in controversy over the possible use of a banned substance to speed up his recovery time.

One of the top NFL rumors leading up to Super Bowl XLVII involves Lewis and how he’s being linked to a company that may have distributed deer-antler spray to Lewis to use for his triceps injury. Apparently, the spray contains IGF-1–which is one of the substances players are banned from using in the NFL.

Lewis has been the popular topic of the Ravens this week considering he’s recorded 44 tackles over the team’s first three playoff games and winning on Sunday would be the perfect way to end his Hall of Fame career. However, if this company’s accusations are true, it could give fans a completely different image of Lewis heading into Sunday’s game.

Because you know–it’s not like Lewis doesn’t already have to worry about fans having a different image of him despite all of his accomplishments on the football field.

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