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Browns RB Lewis sits out practice; status vs. Ravens unknown

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis didn't practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury, leaving his status for Sunday's game at Baltimore in question.

Lewis, who has rushed for 95 yards through two games this season, showed no signs of injury during a 27-6 loss Sunday in Denver. He finished with 38 yards on 14 carries against the Broncos.

The Browns didn't provide any specifics on Lewis' injury, but they listed him as "did not participate in practice," along with guards Rex Hadnot (knee) and Floyd Womack (ankle).

Lewis was listed as probable on the injury report with a neck injury last week after suffering a stinger in the season-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Browns (0-2) badly need Lewis this week. They will face the Ravens' top-ranked run defense, which is yielding just 41 yards per game. If Lewis can't go, rookie James Davis and Jerome Harrison likely will share playing time in Cleveland's backfield.

Lewis, one of only 24 running backs in NFL history to top 10,000 yards, played for the Ravens from 2000 to 2006 before signing with the Browns as a free agent.

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