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Ravens RB Lewis released from prison

BALTIMORE (June 2, 2005) -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was released from a Florida prison camp June 2 after completing a four-month sentence for using a cell phone to try to set up a cocaine deal.

Lewis was expected to head to a halfway house in Atlanta for a two-month term.

"I just spoke to Jamal, he was released early this morning," said Kevin Byrne, a team spokesman. "He seemed to be in a very good mood."

Byrne said an attorney for Lewis has asked federal prison officials to allow the player to attend the Ravens minicamp June 13-16.

"Medically, it would be good for him," Byrne said. "This is where he makes his living, but I don't know the court system. His lawyer is handling that."

Lewis entered a guilty plea in October in Atlanta to trying to set up the drug deal in 2000, not long after he was selected fifth overall in the 2000 NFL draft.

While in prison in Pensacola, Fla., he worked in the prison tool shop, read books, lifted weights and exercised his tender right ankle, which forced him to miss two games last season and was surgically repaired in January.

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