Ex-Raven Jamal Lewis tops 10,000 career yards


December 22, 2008|By From Sun news services

Jamal Lewis (right) became the 24th player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 career yards.

Lewis entered the Cleveland Browns' game with the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday needing 63 yards and went over the milestone on an 8-yard burst in the third quarter. He finished with 76 yards on 16 carries as the Browns lost, 14-0.

Lewis, 29, played seven seasons with the Ravens, where he gained 7,801 yards before signing as a free agent with the Browns in 2007. He gained 1,304 yards last season, his best since 2003, when he rushed for 2,066 for the Ravens.

"It's a great accomplishment and I'm happy to be here, but at the same time it would have felt even better if we would have had a winning season," Lewis said. "The record is the least of my concerns. It's been a disappointing season."

Lions: : Detroit's awfulness is becoming a story good enough to transcend sports.

ABC's Good Morning America sent a reporter and crew to the team's practice facility last week, leading to a chest-heaving sigh from kicker Jason Hanson.

"It's just bad," Hanson said. "They're not here to talk about our great season."

No, they're not.

A day later, ESPN flew a reporter and crew into the Motor City for a report about how the Lions are coping with the losing.

The Lions' 42-7 loss at home to the New Orleans Saints made them the first 0-15 team in NFL history. The Buccaneers went 0-14 in their first season, in 1978. "Awful, embarrassing," Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky said. "We stunk. Any bad adjective you can use, throw it in there."

Detroit will try to avoid the dubious distinction of finishing 0-16 at Green Bay, where the Lions haven't won since 1991.

"It's very real," center Dominic Raiola said. "It's right there in front of us.

"It's pretty sad that it's come to this."

Detroit broke NFL records by being outscored by a combined 176 points at home and by an average of 22 points. The 1981 Colts lost their home games by 146 points and the merged Steelers and Cardinals were defeated by an average of 21.4 points in 1944 with a depleted roster during World War II.

"This is one big nightmare," Raiola said. "You want it to end, but it hasn't ended yet."

Vikings: : Defensive tackle Pat Williams' streak of 72 straight games started - and 110 consecutive games played - officially ended yesterday when he was placed on the inactive list.

Williams has a broken bone in his right shoulder and is out at least a couple of weeks. His last non-start was Oct. 24, 2004, against the Ravens when he played for Buffalo. His last absence was for the Bills was in 2001, when he missed the final three games of the season because of an injury to his left leg.

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